Great Lake Trip – Day 4 – Michigan
Today we visited two parks: Galien River County Park and the Warren Dunes State Park.
The Galien River County Park is set in a swampy area. Two walkways are available to get up close and personal. One is elevated.
Here’s a view of the lower walkway.
Looking back at the elevated walkway.
From this height, you can observe all the wildlife below. Ducks and Canada geese abound. Another species that is prevalent here is the red-winged blackbird.
Next stop was the Warren Dunes State Park. There is a small parking charge here, which was self-service in these early spring days. There are 3 huge parking lots at the dunes, yet only one was open. Only 3 cars were visiting. Not sure what the occupants were doing.
Some trees are survivors, no matter how much sand is blown away from their roots.
Before heading back to New Buffalo, we stopped in Three Oaks, MI, long ago famous for the Warren Featherbone, a stay material for women’s corsets. Ed Warren started the company in 1883. Whalebones were prevalently used for stays in that era, and they were quite expensive. Warren discovered that the discarded pointer features made excellent stays and so began the The Warren Featherbone Company.
The factory still stands and houses a distillery – Jouneyman Distillery and a restaurant – Staymaker.
Finally we headed back to our home base, New Buffalo, and ate lunch in an old building that now houses David’s. The sandwiches were very good and the service matched the food.
Tomorrow we are off the visit St. Joseph, MI (Saint Joe).