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.
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.
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!
We ended up on the beach at the base of Grand Sable Dunes.
Then realization set in. What came down, must go back up!
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?
The view of Grand Sable Dunes from Log Slide was amazing!
The actual Picture Rocks of Picture Rock National Lakeshore is closer to the west end of the Lakeshore and they are spectacular.
The various minerals in the water create the different color streaks on the weathered rock.
We had great views from Miner’s Castle
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 :)
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.
Thanks for stopping by.