06-26-2015 Mishe-Mokaw, Leland, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Northern Michigan.
This is our ferry to South Manitou Island. Mishe-Mokaw means mother bear and refers to the Indian Legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes. A forest fire in Wisconsin forced a mother bear and her two cubs to swim Lake Michigan. Reaching land first, the mother laid on the shore to wait for her cubs. Unfortunately, they didn't make it across the lake. The mother never left her resting area, waiting for her cubs. To mark the family's resting place, the Great Spirit raised North and South Manitou Island to mark the final resting place of the cubs. To memorialize their loving mother, the Great Spirit raised a giant dune where she rested on the shores of Lake Michigan.