Saturday, July 26, 2014

Exploring More of Yooperland: Grand Marais

The UP (upper peninsula) of Michigan has 300,000+ residents and they are known as Yoopers. Residents of mainland Michigan are known as trolls. We have met some trolls up here in Yooperland as well as a few Yoopers. They are all very nice people and we are enjoying our stay :)

We left Baraga and our casino campground last Tuesday and travelled east to Grand Marais.

Grand Marais

We settled into Woodland Park Campground, a city owned park. This park is a little tight, very popular and right on the shores of Lake Superior. I can deal with a little tightness to see that beautiful water :) This park offers water and electric sites with cable TV and a dump station. They have a weekly rate which gives you one day free.

Woodland Park

Grand Marais is the eastern boundary of Painted Rocks National Lakeshore. There are numerous places to hike and explore along the 42 miles of shore it encompasses, ending in Munising. There are huge sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, sand dunes, light houses, primitive campgrounds and hiking trails galore!

Sable Falls was our first stop on the Lakeshore this week. After a short walk from the parking area, we found ourselves descending several flights of stairs down to the base of Sable Falls. Beautiful!

Sable Falls

We ended up on the beach at the base of Grand Sable Dunes.

Grand Sable Dunes

Then realization set in. What came down, must go back up!

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169 steps later, we were on level ground again :) It didn’t seem to be a difficult climb but I can tell you that my legs were sore for more than a day!

Another area we encountered was Log Slide. Once upon a time, the loggers slid logs into Lake Superior to be hauled away for processing. The slide chute is no longer there but some of the equipment used to move the logs remained. How about the size of those wheels?

Log Slide

The view of Grand Sable Dunes from Log Slide was amazing!

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The actual Picture Rocks of Picture Rock National Lakeshore is closer to the west end of the Lakeshore and they are spectacular.

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The various minerals in the water create the different color streaks on the weathered rock.

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We had great views from Miner’s Castle

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I think the thing that amazed me the most, though, was the color of the water. It was just as turquoise as the Caribbean…unfortunately much, much colder :)

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Picture Rock National Lakeshore was a great place to be this week. We finished off the week with a great fish fry and a couple of craft beers at the Lake Superior Brewing Company in Grand Marais.

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Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

11 comments:

  1. Ohhhh... those views are amazing! Love the water color, reminds me of the Keys. Would love to do some hiking there:o))

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  2. awww. . .so great. . .I hate that we missed all that. . .yep, now we gotta go back!

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  3. Lovely views ... the color of the water is a surprise ... somehow I don't associate those colors with a cold-water lake.

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  4. Love all your pictures of places we were just a bit ago. Sorry we couldn't hang out and see them with you. We had white fish at the brewing company and it was delicious. The water color is amazing and does make you want to jump right in until you put the first toe in the water. :-)

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  5. Great scenery there and the brewery looks awesome too!

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  6. Sure is a beautiful looking area and your pictures of it are outstanding.

    That was a lot of steps to climb back up to level ground.

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  7. After all that exercise on those stairs you deserved a great fish fry and some brewskis! Sure looks like some spectacular scenery!

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  8. Sounds like a great week with the yoopers.

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  9. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is beautiful.

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