Sunday morning was cool and crisp, hinting at a windy but gorgeous day along the shore of Lake Michigan and down the Hart-Montague Trail. At the end of the route lay the port town of Ludington and a comfortable night’s rest at the Viking Arms Inn. Check out Sloth’s montage video for more! (WARNING: movie clip is 12 minutes in length, 39k in size and requires Windows Media Player. You may either save to disc or stream from our website to view.)
Duck Lake, tucked just inside the mainland from Lake Michigan, provided for some wonderful morning photos
Looking out over Duck Lake from the appropriately named N. Scenic Drive
Lake Michigan to the west from Duck Lake… stunning!
This would prove to be Sloth’s last glance at Lake Michigan until reaching Pentwater to the north
A panoramic view of Lake Michigan from N. Scenic Drive (NOTE: will open in a new window)
The route to the south of White Lake was lined with gorgeous – and very expensive – homes. Check out the stained glass above the entrance!
Looks like a public park, yes? Nope: this is a residence just outside of Whitehall.
The White Lake Marina looked out to the south over the long expanse of White Lake
White Lake is beautiful and quite large – no wonder it’s so popular for its residents and visitors!
Looking out to the south from the Marina
Just to the north from Whitehall lay the southern trail head for the Hart-Montague Trail
This is how the State Park Trail looked much of the time: a former railroad easement, straight as an arrow
Sloth liked this friendly gargoyle… sometimes you just need to have a little bit of fun!
“Quality Deer Management Practiced Here”
The Java Nook in Mears, Michigan was the first ice cream shop actually open for business
No sorbet? No problem! The owner had whipped up homemade fresh scones and cookies
Sloth couldn’t resist taking a photo inside Percolator Pete
New Era is a small town located on M-20 near US-31
Sloth really enjoyed these statues at the south entrance to town
Unusual graffiti along the bike trail in Shelby, Michigan
At last! The north trail head is near…
Lunch break with homemade bread in Hart, thanks to the sister-in-law
A trailside sign chronicles the 30-odd mile trek to the south
Downtown at Hart Lake
Sloth couldn’t resist heading back out to Lake Michigan for a tour of Pentwater
Pentwater was by far and away the busiest town on the route – even more so than Ludington
Voted Top 14 BEST EVER Children’s Book Stores in the nation? Sloth couldn’t resist…
Storybook Village was appropriately named: this massive storytime area was luxuriously decorated and stocked with puppets, a theatre, craft table, and more
Wow! Who wouldn’t want to have storytime in a place like this?
At last: sloth makes peace with black cats
Pentwater is very much a Jimmy Buffett paradise for summer boat travelers
Sloth liked this garden sign near the lighthouse causeway
Water, sun, and a cool breeze… it’s a rough life…
The view out to Lake Michigan from the Pentwater lighthouse causeway
Sloth was amused for some reason by this public service announcement posted on the lighthouse itself
“Arrrrrr! Thar be mermaids here!”
Spotted just southwest of Ludington
Hot fish to go! Sadly, closed for the season…
Sloth discovered this massive Consumers Power facility on S. Lakeshore Drive just outside of Ludington
The facility made for some great photos…
There’s a perspective you don’t often see…
Yo… it’s the Danish Brotherhood, y’all!
Ludington itself offered some nice sights such as this county courthouse
Spotted in someone’s front yard off the beaten path… wow!
This retro cafe downtown had just opened earlier that season
SIX PLAYER simultaneous X-Men? Awesome!
Sloth toasted the beautiful day with a bite to eat and a drink at Jamesport Brewing Company
Well… THAT didn’t last too long…
Sunset over Lake Michigan from the harborfront
The waning light made for some gorgeous colors
Statues in the park welcome the night
A farewell to Michigan…
The cheery lights of the S. S. Badger, Sloth’s destination the next morning