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IFR Cross-Country to 400-Foot Sand Dunes

It may have been raining everywhere I went most of today, but it was still a great day.

I flew the SR22 solo to Traverse City, Michigan via the upper peninsula, in clouds and rain most of the flight. There was some great scenery near Mackinac Island in the few minutes I could actually see something out the window.

I’ve only been on the ground in lower Michigan a few times, so it was cool to have the chance to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, something I had read about. I checked on rental cars the night before sad to find there were none available, but thankfully the helpful Harbour Air FBO staff magically found one. I only had a couple hours to spare, but it was well worth renting the car and driving 40 minutes each way to see the dunes. Now I wished I could stay longer.

The weather improved a bit for the flight back with my instrument student. We could see the Mackinac Island area pretty well. From about Manistique onward, we were just barely above a pretty thick cloud layer, skimming the tops. At home we descended through those clouds and found VFR weather below.

My chariot awaits.
Point au Chenes Bay near St. Ignace, MI
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Bridge
Scenic Drive Stop at Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore
400-foot sand dunes & Lake Michigan
People climbing the 400-foot sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore
Mackinac Bridge
Above the clouds