It's National Park Week (April 15 - 23), so I thought I'd extend a little gratitude for the one that is closest to me. This treasure of a place is only about half an hour from home, and I spend countless hours exploring it. From sweeping Lake Michigan views, to dune vistas, to wetlands, to forests and more, this park offers so many opportunities for respite and recreation. Northern Michigan wouldn't feel the same without it. We purchase a park pass annually, but if you don't have one, you can still check it out for free this weekend.