Fast forward, more years than you care to think about. Can you still climb that dune and run back down? There’s a dune in South Haven, inside of Van Buren State Park, where you can test your mettle. It may not be the biggest dune you’ve ever climbed, but the view is just as spectacular. And you can prove to yourself that you still have a kid inside that can relive the thrill of the dune run.
There are several ways to get to the top of the dune. One can start just behind the restroom facilities at the accessible entrance to the beach where a path through the woods leads almost straight up. The advantage is that you can use branches to help pull yourself up. Then there’s a path directly from the parking lot which is less wooded and a bit less steep. Or, climb up the old-fashioned way from the beach. There you can see the ultimate goal the entire way up.