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UP with the “yoopers” at the edge of Lake Superior….

May 2022

After Door County we went up to the Munising/Pictured Rocks KOA. It was tucked back into a forest in a very convenient spot for visiting Lake Superior along the Pictured Rocks National Seashore. The first day we went up to Hurricane River and walked to the AuSable Lighthouse along part of the North Country Trail. Turns out the Appalachian, Pacific and Continental Divide trails aren’t the only multi day ones. Now we’ve hiked portions of the Ice Age and North Country. I was thrilled to see Lake Superior - a goal since I was a kid. It did not disappoint and the trees and wildflowers were gorgeous also. I even got a tee shirt that said “Five Great Lakes but only one is Superior”.

Over the course of several days we saw Miners Castle Falls and Sable Falls. There are more waterfalls around that we didn’t get to this trip. At Miner’s Castle I set up my easel over a stupendous view. While I painted I saw kayakers, Park police boat, tourist boats and plenty of other sightseers to whom I gave out my business card.

One of the rainy days we drove up to Marquette on the advice of our friendly ice cream provider at a little store. We liked the look and feel of the town although I hear it’s pretty icy in winter! We ate at Iron Bay Restaurant and Distillery across from the Harbor with it’s massively scenic Ore Docks. With my delicious meal, served on a bar table that featured iron pieces of the Mackinac Bridge I had a Marquette Mule that rocked a cherry flavor.

Another time when we went up to Sable Falls we stopped for lunch in Grand Marais at the Lake Superior Brewing Company. I enjoyed the slightly offbeat feel including the rock wall at entry and the novel’s worth of comments on the restroom walls! We also stopped to see the Agate Lady at the Gitchee Gumee Museum and Jim bought her book on identifying agates. By the time they were done swapping stories she had brought out her ‘good stuff’ for him to see and he was showing her photos of his.

The Upper Peninsula was lovely and we hot it just right - before the swarms of bugs and tourists, while the wildflowers were blooming and after the snow. I’m sure we will be back on future visits!

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