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I set out on a mild, January day to explore another hiking area preserved by the Leelanau Conservancy. It is located just north of Leland.
*Note: between this area and the town of Leland, watch for the Yak farm on the east side of the road. Yes...YAKS!
[They weren't in the pastures today.]
The Houdek Dunes Natural Area has several trails looping through the property and I hiked most of them.
Trails are blazed and marked.
Other creatures leave their marks, too.
A small stream winds between the rolling dunes.
There are many conservancy properties to explore on the Leelanau Peninsula.