Fishing to the Most Beautiful Place in America'>Gone Fishing to the Most Beautiful Place in America

Mr. EW and McCaffrey the MilleniaLab and I are off for the weekend–apparently, with a horde of others who take their travel tips from Good Morning America, which voted Sleeping Bear Dunes the most beautiful place in the US.

Between you and me, I’m also a big fan of Sedona and Grand Teton, which were also in the running. We had our wedding celebration in the former.

And there’s a part of Sleeping Bear that reminds me a lot of Point Reyes, where I used to hike all the time when I lived in San Francisco. No oysters at Sleeping Bear Dunes, though.

But hey, if GMA wants to send a bunch of people to spend money as tourists in MI, we’ll welcome them gladly.

I’ve pre-posted something for Sunday. And bmaz assures me he’ll share the likker cabinet this time, and get Trash Talk up before Sunday morning. So you should be in excellent care for the weekend.

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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

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25 replies
  1. Elizabeth Fuller says:

    Fifty years ago my lifemate and I endured a parental-designed wedding attended by their suited friends. We then grabbed a cast-iron skillet, a coffeepot, and a sleeping bag and spent our bridal night at Sleeping Bear, under the stars. Good choice we made, we’uns and you’uns.

  2. RoyalOak says:

    BSF!! Good stuff.
    Don’t forget to go to FishTown and get some fish sausage and some smoked trout. Yummmm.

  3. bmaz says:

    And wait a minute here, this is most beautiful place on earth and you gave me a freaking picture of Fat Mario??? I want some landscape….

  4. Francine Fein says:

    Have a great time — forget about world problems at least for a couple of days. We’re off to The Keweenaw peninsula — another beautiful part of Michigan.

  5. scribe says:

    @bmaz: Just remember this about Fat Mario: he’s even bigger in real life. Seriously. I’ve seen him. At a cookbook signing at a greenmarket. Needed two folding chairs.

    In other news – you got the keys to the likker? Yeeeee-haaaaawwwww!!!!

  6. scribe says:

    EW: have fun, don’t worry about us kids a bit, go off with Mr. Wheel and McC and have fun. We’re planning on having a Bible Study group or something similarly quiet and unobtrusive while you’re gone, so don’t worry about anything….

  7. Bob Schacht says:

    EW, have you ever been to Hawaii? (Honolulu doesn’t count).

    Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Bob in AZ

  8. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Have enjoyed Pt. Reyes, Sedona, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Sedona’s red rock sculptures are mythic and peaceful, SBD the most fun (especially sliding down the great dunes on cafeteria trays), and Pt. Reyes the most dramatic. The south cove harbors seals or sea lions (I never remember the difference), while looking along the north coast’s shore from the point is a quintessential Californian perspective that rivals looking south along the spray-misted shore south of Monterrey. Have a great time.

  9. bmaz says:

    @JohnT:
    Football is just not the same without Geezer. Have to go drop daughter and friends off at the waterpark, will be back in a bit. Y’all behave and don’t drink all the booze.

  10. Cregan says:

    Great little video. Looks like a fantastic place. Hope your weekend went well.

    I’d vote strongly for Yosemite Valley.

    Nicely, there are a lot of great places here.

  11. Starbuck says:

    Sleeping Bear Dunes the most beautiful place in America? Obviously, Canada and Mexico need not apply.

    And it seems that for the majority of voters, America stops just before the Mississippi!

    Not knocking the place at all. It is a beauty. I just hope they keep out the dune buggies, which trash the dunes on the Oregon coast.

  12. Jeff Wegerson says:

    We were recently south of there just over the border with Indiana. My guess is that the water at Sleeping Bear is quite swimable in August. To the south it’s lollable. You can even at sunset just loll around in the water it gets so warm. When it’s quiet water, of course. When the waves are up it becomes a blast. You have to watch for the rip currents, yes, but as long as you stay aware, a blast.

    Some three foot waves, in late July or August, on the shark free, jelly-fish free, salt free water is some of the best swimming in the world. Shhhhh don’t reveal our secret.

    Ooops. Someone told Dr. Beach. Damn and he even listed Sleeping Bear dunes. Damn again. The word is getting out.

  13. CTuttle says:

    …and get Trash Talk up before Sunday morning.

    Imho, that’s major fail, kiddos…! Pretty Boy Brady is getting his ass kicked in Motown…! C’mon, now…! ;-)

  14. Kathleen says:

    Sleeping Bear…beautiful place. Except for the sand in ones eyes, ears and ass crack.

    Take a run down that giant dune for us Ew

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