By Sandy Councell
Every month for the last year I hiked the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Trail. Each trip offered something new…colorful lily blooms…washed-up shipwreck…now-swept landscape…sunrise views…mid-day heat… moonlight shadows…children’s life lessons…pure solitude…physical challenges…even marriage proposals!
Last Saturday morning a young man wrote something in the sand at the dune climb. His buddy directed from the picnic area. We laughed, “He’s writing, ‘Marry me.’” Soon we realized he wasn’t spelling “Marry”, so across the dunes to Lake Michigan we trekked. Two hours later when we returned, the young man was patiently sitting in the sand above his message.
Sandy Councell is a Traverse City resident. Two and a half years ago she decided to get fit and loose 70 punds by working out, climbing Pikes Peak twice and hiking the Dune Trail regularly.