Written by Timothy Kooy
Throw out the nostalgic native story about a mother protecting her cubs and Sleeping Bear Dunes is a fiery heat trap. My family and I set off on a leisurely hike across the picturesque, gently rolling dunes. The sun blared down on the sand dune inferno, and what had begun as leisure quickly morphed into hellish wandering. We had our map and we had our destination, but the scorching sun never ceased. Like a family of desert nomads we wandered up and down the zillion hills. Finally, at the bottom of THIS dune we saw the perfect oasis, the cool blue gaze of Lake Michigan inviting us to quench our sweltering, sweat-dripping bodies.
Timothy Kooy was one of the winners of Michigan Radio's One Minute Michigan Story Writing Contest. Keith Taylor read the story.