Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Michigan – The Midwest’s Mini Sahara

There’s something about sand dunes that I find incredible.  I guess it’s a landscape that isn’t a common one.  It’s an environment that’s usually associated with boiling hot desert like conditions that aren’t easily accessible (believe me, I’ve camped in the Sahara Desert during a sand storm!).  Thanks to a roadside sign on the I94, advertising ‘dune rides’, I did a bit of research and discovered Silver Lake Sand Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before Camping in the Sahara: Sandstorms & Sunrises

After two long days of travelling across Morocco from Marrakech, we arrived on the edge of the Sahara Desert.  A night camping between the dunes was the main reason for my trip!  My heart sank a little, for the first time since arriving in the country, the clouds started rolling in.  I had envisioned riding through the desert on the back on my camel, taking photos of its shadow on the sand and suddenly this all seemed to be crashing down around me.  I’d even read about tours that had to be cancelled due to bad weather.  I really didn’t want this to happen to me.

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Sand Boarding in Western Australia

After getting a taste for Australia in 2008, I really wanted to go back and road trip the west coast, escape the cities and find some of the real Australia.  Lancelin is just a short 1 hour 30 drive north from the city of Perth, yet it is home to lots of giant bright white sand dunes!  The dunes were definitely a highlight of my trip and I’d recommend a stop in Lancelin to anyone!

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