Iconic hot spot helps keep it's guests cool
Things were heating up Wednesday at one of Northern Michigan's hot spots, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and officials were making sure that everyone visiting was taking extra precautions to stay cool.
Every morning, park officials receive a report from the National Weather Service in order to accurately warn their visitors of the day's conditions. Wednesay's heat advisory was rated 9 out of 10.
"Take extra water, stay out of the sun as much as you can, stay in the water," said Sleeping Bear Dunes Deputy Superintended, Tom Ulrich. " We have such great beaches and lakes and we also advise them to avoid some of the trails that go across the dunes and have no shade at all."
"If there's small children, older adults, they need to be extra careful with them regarding the heat advisory," said Visitor Use Assistant, Chris Lipscomb.
The dunes were still full of people, but the scorching sand made many think twice about going up barefoot.
"I went back to the van to get my wife some water shoes because she tried to do it in her sandals but the sand was so hot in her sandals," said Mike Rinks, who was visiting from Clio, Michigan.
For anyone that was making the long journey through the sand dunes to Lake Michigan, park rangers advised that guests take at least 3-liters of water per person with them.
It wasn't just visitors that were impacted by the heat either. Park officials say that staff members were also altering their days to try and stay cool.
"Just today for example, some of our invasive weed control staff are working on the Platte River with water milfoil and pulling that from the river banks instead of working out in the dunes on baby's breathe or something like that," said Ulrich.
Officials say that during these hot days, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is still a great place to come and beat the heat.
"The National Lakeshore is actually a good place to come on a hot day because we have 26 lakes we have frontage on, including Lake Michigan and that's a great place to spend a hot day in the water," said Ulrich.