• At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you are about to embark on the mostintense dune climb of your life.
    Photo by Ellie Knaus
  • CultureMap contributor Ellie Knaus takes a breather.
  • The view from the bottom of the dunes.
    Photo by Ellie Knaus
  • Northern Michigan has pockets of breathless beauty.
    Photo by Ellie Knaus

  • The CDC believes if you're ready for a Zombie Apocalypse, you're ready for anyemergency
  • Some reading material to take with you
  • Avoid men with vacant stares

  • A still from T-Mobile's Royal Wedding Dance video
  • The funny clip took me back to my time spent studying at the University of St.Andrews, where, for one semester, Prince William and Kate Middleton were myschoolmates.
    Photo by Ellie Knaus
  • I arranged my class schedule in order to have four-day weekends.