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Adventure – Day 3

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The biggest, deepest, coldest lake of all.

The biggest, deepest, coldest lake of all.


It’s Lake Superior Day! Well. OK, it’s not a nationally recognized holiday but for me day 3 was all about Lake Superior. I couldn’t be in the Upper Peninsula, so close to the big lake, and not go for a visit.

So I drove from Tahquamenon Falls State Park up to Grand Marais which sits on the shore of the massive Great Lake and arrived just as a storm was rolling in.

It's raining out there.

It’s raining out there.

Perfect timing! Some people might be bummed out that there was rain (literally) on the horizon. But not me. The sky was amazing and I rushed down to the shore.

Low hanging clouds were fascinating.

Low hanging clouds were fascinating.

I was not alone.

Kids heading out to witness the storm.  And collect rocks.

Kids heading out to witness the storm. And collect rocks.

Though there was wind and the threat of rain, several families strolled the beach.

Strolling on the beach.

Beach walking.

Once the clouds rolled through I went for a quick lunch at a local restaurant, wandered the town and checked out the bay. I don’t know why, but this kayak caught my eye. I still haven’t figured out just why I like this shot. But I do.

Waiting to go for a ride.

Waiting to go for a ride.

With some advice from friends I traveled along the shore of Lake Superior, visited a waterfall….

Young, foolish parents.  Don't do this if you visit.

Young, foolish parents. Don’t do this if you visit.

…and explored a campground, potential for a future adventure…

Beautiful campground way back in the woods.

Beautiful campground way back in the woods.

…but my all time favorite place on this adventure was along the trail to the Au Sable Lighthouse. I’d visited the lighthouse two years ago, and this year I didn’t walk all the way out there. Too many tourists.

Come walk on the beach with me.

Come walk on the beach with me.

This time I took a short trail out to the lake and walked along the shore. I love Lake Michigan, enjoy Lake Huron, was pleasantly surprised this past spring by the beauty of Lake Erie. But there’s something extraordinary about putting your feet in Lake Superior.

Superior bubbles.

Superior bubbles.

Lots of people had been before me. But I had the place all to myself for the time I was there.

Evidence of visitors past.

Evidence of visitors past.

I climbed up on some big rocks and listened to the lake gurgle against the underside of them. Watched the water move, the clouds, the seagulls. Took a gazillion photos. Smiled.

Amazing.

Amazing.

Eventually I climbed down, gathered up two rocks from the shore and headed back to the car. Someday I hope to camp at the Hurricane River campground which sits right across the trail from the lake. Not during a hurricane of course.

My last stop of the day was Munising. By the time I arrived it had begun to rain in earnest so I stayed only long enough to check out the harbor and grab a sandwich for dinner.

Headed out into the mist.

Headed out into the mist.

Pictured Rocks is there, and it would be fun to take a kayack tour of the cliffs. But that would have to wait for another trip, a sunnier day. I headed back to the campground, two hours away, satisfied with what I had seen on this trip to Lake Superior.

I ate my sandwich in the tent as the gentle rain fell. And fell. And fell. It rained for nine hours, luckily all overnight. In the morning I’d head out again. Time to go home.

Or not.

Summer playground.

Summer playground.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Adventure – Day 3

  1. My visit to Superior a few years ago was magical. I was on the MN side camping. THanks for the memories!

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  2. beautiful and so peaceful. I am certain you had a wonderful experience meditating. Thank you for sharing these lovely shots with us.

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  3. Beautiful photos – especially of the “Evidence of visitors past” photo and the photo immediately below it. Stunning. Looking forward to Day 4 and I did read Day 2, but didn’t comment. Looks like you had a great adventure.

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  4. Yes, yes, a big lake can be a substitute for the ocean, I think. The photos are all beautiful, but I think I like “come walk to the beach…” Best. The kayak is intriguing, perhaps because of the aloneness of it?

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    • Those of that live here like the great lakes better than the ocean…no salt! I really liked that little post and rope too. And you’re probably right about the aloneness of the kayak. I was up there, after all, alone. So maybe it spoke to me.

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  5. I read your whole adventure series in bits and pieces. So glad you had fun! Too bad we couldn’t meet up this time. We ALMOST made it!

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  6. Love that rock sculpture 🙂

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  7. Wow, that place is just so pretty. And the different storm pictures, just awesome

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  8. Looks beautiful despite those scary clouds
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  9. You’re right about Superior’s magic. It’s got a different character than the other lakes, bolder somehow.
    I’d have recommended Muldoon’s Pasties in Munising. I have to go when I’m there…especially when there are pumpkin pie ones in the fall 🙂

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  10. Before I had the fur children I used to hike with the Third Weekend in October Gang. We stayed in Munising and hiked Pictured Rocks and stayed somewhere else and hiked Tahquamenon and wandered around back of beyond and hiked short trails off the highway to see smaller waterfalls. One year we went to Isle Royale. I love the U.P. I love October.

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