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Stunningly beautiful natural area...
Miners Castle is looking less like a castle these days. Natural erosions and harsh storms off the lake have shaved off a portion of the outcropping, with a significant "collapse" of a portion of the "structure" just last year.Lake Superior fogs can be as thick at San Francisco Bay fogs. Ten minutes after I took the second photo, the entire rock...more
This picturesque old lighthouse, once guided ships into Munising Harbor. It is on private property and inaccessible by land, however it is easily viewed from the tour boats to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Completed in 1870, the unusual wooden structure was originally painted white. It is now in a poor state of repair, however efforts are...more
Grand Island is a National Recreation area on an island that is part of the Hiawatha National Forest. MoBOCo, Inc. operates the passenger ferry to and from Grand Island. The boats will leave from the Grand Island Landing dock west of Munising and arrive at Williams Landing on Grand Island. Here you will find camping, hiking, and the possibility of...more
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, www.nps.gov/piro begins 5 miles N.E. of Munising and runs 40 miles along Lake Superior from Munising to Grand Marais. This lakeshore was memorialized in Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha". Here you will see flat-faced cliffs that raise 200 feet above the lake. Pictured Rocks are notable for their rich color and...more
It wasn't easy to find, despite the traditional "Episcopal Church Welcomes You" directional signs, but eventually my father and I stumbled into St. John's Church for the 10:00 service. There were only a handful of people in the church, but what a lovely spirit in the place! I could see immediately why the death of Bishop Jim Kelsey was such a...more
I didn't stay here, but I might consider this if I'm looking for a new and clean place to stay. The...more
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White fish is a deep water fresh water fish native to Lake Superior. It is rather mild like trout, but well worth trying. Regger's produces a deep fried or grilled fillet that goes into a hamburger bun. This isn't San Francisco or New York, so just enjoy a basic sandwich. But, the meat is fresh, not frozen. The portable restaurant is easy to find...more
We heard from a local that the Dog Patch is the place to go for a meal and that the Whitefish was a must try. Walking in, the place is drab and dark. The tables are set up for 4 and when we walked in with a family of 6, they set my husband and I up at a table and then put our 4 children 2 tables away. Hello! This is a FAMILY vacation, we like to...more
The Brownstone Inn is a favorite place of mine. It's a classic traditional "Road House" serving simple fare (but tasty) and doubling as a cheerful tavern. Good burgers, chicken sandwiches, basic salads,etc. Oh, and of course a nice whitefish sandwich, too. They also make an excellent spinach lasagna. This place tremendously popular both with locals...more
The pasty isn't a dish peculiar to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but it is certainly done well there -- and, according to a banner I saw in October 2007, Muldoon's has been named the best purveyor of the dish in northern Michigan. A small place which includes miscellaneous tourist kitsch as well as the counter from which comestibles are sold,...more
The Falling Rock Cafe serves a real need in Munising. Ideally located on M-28, not far from the dock for the Pictured Rocks Cruises, this intimate, woody, coffeehouse serves brewed favorites and home-bakes goods. It's a good place to stop to pick up a cup of joe before your hike in the woods: really, the coffee is so much better here than at one of...more
A mid sized and cozy restaurant, the Dog Patch comes with a full bar and attached gift shop. We came for breakfast, which for $6.49 you get an all you can eat breakfast buffet. The service is very friendly, as are the locals! The breakfast buffet was reasonably priced, with an array of dishes including french toast sticks, scrambled eggs, corned...more
You're kidding aren't you? Beer in a backpack? Not the ideal backpackers beverage, bulky, weighty, and trash to carry out. We brought a six pack for our day at the beach. Hey! We were in College! Lake Superior makes a good fridge for cooling them down after several days in the pack. I recommend a mest bag (available at your local dive shop) then...more
While planning the hike, I noticed that several days in we would camp on the beach, so I asked everyone to bring wild clothes, for a beach party. On the way up, we stopped at a winery, and got several bottles that we had to carry in our packs for several days. It was worth the effort. Hawaiin shirts, or Bermuda shorts are the order of the day. Or...more
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If you are headed north through Michigan, you have to cross Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac (pronounced Mack-in-awe). The bridge across is the longest suspension bridge in the world, longer than San Francisco's Golden Gate. A great side trip would be to take the ferry to Mackinac Island.more
By car, or if you have your own boat this is a wonderful place to travel to. If you have a live aboard boat Munising has a marina for overnight docking, or like us you may find a snug harbor to anchor in near Grand Island. Canoes and small motorboats are also wonderful to have in the area.more
The dialect of Yoopers (UP'ers) can be a lilttle difficult to understand. These tips might help:Ya = yeseh? = a question, or whatda = thenuttin = nothingden = thendere = thereudder = otherYoopers = those who live in the Upper Peninsula of MichiganTrolls = those who live below the Mackinac Bridge (get it, below the bridge)For an explanation of the...more
Luggage and bags:
Backpack or rucksack. Plastic garbage bags, leaf sized make good pack protection from the rain, and smaller plastic bags are good for keeping your gear dry and for hauling your trash out.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots and lighter canvas shoes for days end. Comfortable loose fitting clothing for backpacking and layering. Rain gear!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet Paper!! A must when you are backpacking. Toothbrush, leave the paste at home. Citronella candles and other bug repellants. Candles add weight, but make your camp look nice.
Photo Equipment: Weight is always a consideration when backpacking so I recommend only a wide angle lens, and a small flash.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent, bedroll, sleeping bag, stove, camp stove and fuel. Water Bottles!! A Filter if you don't trust the water is easier than boiling, but adds weight. For the beach, bring a towel, and swimsuit (if you are so inclined) I prefer to swim naked so I don't have to carry wet gear.
Miscellaneous: You have to carry anything you will eat, so plan carefully. I always find that I eat very little on backpacking trips. My body tells me that if I am going to be doing this, I should lose weight.
This cascading 100 ft. waterfall is the central feature of the 960 acre Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park. Little developed, the only facilities in the park are a small parking area, picnic tables, outhouse, and a hand water pump. Camping is not permitted. A well groomed .8 mile trail leads through a mature white pine and hemlock forest to the...more
This fantastic rock formation rises beside a spectacularly beautiful beach, complete with a small waterfall which flows from the forest into Lake Superior. It's a spot you will long remember, but to reach it is a six mile (round trip) hike. Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed this walk, past the high cascading Chapel Falls, and through a deep woods that...more
This grand old 87 ft. lighthouse, established in 1874, is still active and in excellent condition. It is reached by a 3 mile (round trip) hike from the Hurricane River Campground at the far eastern end of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The trailhead is reached by taking H-58 east for about 31 miles. The road will be dirt for the last half of...more
Take the ferry over from Grand Island Landing. You head off along the beaches and then climb up about 300' of vertical to the top of some stunning sandstone cliffs. If you look closely you might be able to see a fish swimming below. Then downhill one of the lighthouses. On to Trout Bay. Take some time here to relax and take a swim. Then you head inland on the Island and back to the Ferry. I've made this description quite short, but plan on spending most of your day here and exploring for yourself. A don't miss for the Mt. Biking crowd.
Equipment: Bring water and bug repellant.
This is a wonderful place for outdoors adventures. Don't miss a visit to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. You may wish to stop in at the Hiawatha National Forest/Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore visitor information center, which is located at SR 28 and CR-H58. Winter brings snowmobiling, with Munising advertising itself as the Snowmobile Capital...more
The coastline is made of sandstone, and one section of the trail is along the dunes. These are steep walls where the rock has been reduced to sand. We enjoyed a day playing on the dunes. Leaving our packs at the top, we run as fast as we can and jump as far as we can, landing in the soft sand, and rolling down to the water's edge. then it takes...more