Archive for October, 2009

Home sweet home

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Yes, we finally made it home. 850 miles in a day and a half to get here, but we made it safe and sound. The house was in good shape when we arrived, just needs a good cleaning. Forgot how big 2 thousand sq ft is…..

 

Proper summary post to come when we get caught up here.

The Upper Peninsula

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Campsite on Lake Superior

Campsite on Lake Superior

We left Minnesota after dropping Bob off at the airport on Tuesday. Chris has always wanted to see the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so off we went.  The UP is flanked by Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior and is known for its great snowmobiling. We tried to make it in one day but fell short by about 100 miles.  We arrived on Wednesday early afternoon and found a great campground right on Lake Superior. We had our pick of the sites, as camping season is on its way out with night time temperatures getting down to the 30’s.

Miners Falls

Miners Falls

Since our days were numbered we had to make the most of  the afternoon.  We went into Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (our destination for the UP) and took a few short hikes to waterfalls and pictured rock formations.  This was our first National Lakeshore of the trip, although Lake Superior is so large it could have been a seashore if we didn’t know better.

Hiking the Pictured Rocks Coast

Hiking the Pictured Rocks Coast

The next day we set out for a long hike in the Chapel area of the lakeshore.  The day was brisk, but a beautiful fall day.  The trail brought us to the Pictured Rocks Cliffs which we enjoyed walking along and taking in the sights. 

Kim checks out the eroded cliffs

Kim checks out the eroded cliffs

Each turn brought us to another interesting view.  This section was a large eroded cove and the waves made thundering noises as they crashed into the caves along the waterline.

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

One of the more interesting rock formations was Chapel Rock.  There is a tree growing on the top with roots that traverse what was once a rock arch that connected it to the hillside.

The Grand Portal Formation

The Grand Portal Formation

Another impressive formation was the Grand Portal. This arch was unobstructed up until 10 years ago when the arch caved in.

Pictured Rocks from the water

Pictured Rocks from the water

As if a 9 mile hike wasn’t enough for the day, we had to take the Pictured Rocks evening cruise to get up and personal with some of the sights we enjoyed from the land.  It was nice to get a different perspective seeing the Pictured Rock Cliffs from the water.  The colors in the rocks were great but hard to get a picture of due to the  harsh afternoon light. We ended our day chatting around a campfire with our neighbors Chassie and Matt.  Chassie shared her homemade “Dilly Beans” that were awesome. 

From Munising it was off to Sault St. Marie where we spent a few days entertaining ourselves at a casino as we made our way home.  There really aren’t any more “to do” items on our list so we are homeward bound…