Climbing the dunes with friends

Day 59

LOCATION:  Empire, Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Indigo Bluffs RV Park
WEATHER:  Beautiful.  High 80

We hiked the Empire Bluff Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park with our friend Dan.  Once we got to the top, at the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan, it was super windy.  The blowing sand got into our eyes and mouth, and “sandblasted” our skin.  Even with all that, it is a beautiful view and great hike. 

Then, we did a little road trip to Beaulah, about 20 minutes away, for lunch.  We returned to a cute bar and grill.  George and I shared a very tasty chicken pesto sandwich.  I am going to make that one day when I buy or make some good pesto.

From there to our favorite distillery in the area – Iron Fish.  They have both outdoor and indoor seating.   We chose to sit at the bar so we could chat with the very knowledgeable spirits-makers/bartenders.  They make everything in house – all the spirits, syrups, and ginger beer that goes into their cocktails, all with complicated recipes.  I had something called a Sour Scandinavian.  Dan got a whiskey mule, and George got a Manhattan.  The bartender gave me some complimentary amaro to try.  He just finished making it and was getting customers’ opinions about it.  Fun!

Back at the RV park, we got a campfire going and I started dinner.  We had my “world-famous” margaritas with guacamole, salsa, and chips. 

DINNER:  Fajitas.  I cut up beautiful orange, yellow, and red bell peppers, as well as an Anaheim pepper,  into slices.  I marinated some steak slices and big raw shrimp in some fajita marinade.  George charred some additional peppers and onions.  Then, we mixed and sauted it all up, added some more Mexican spices, and served on warm tortillas.   We topped them with salsa, guac, cilantro, and green onion.  Delicioso! 

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