Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI)

We drove north from Sleeping Bear Dunes to cross the Mackanaw Bridge – an engineering marvel. We drove for miles and miles without seeing another car once we crossed over to the upper peninsula of Michigan. The kids sang “carrrr . . .” when we finally encountered another. We arrived in Munising, MI to find most of the campsites full so decided to go east of the park to Grand Marias, MI and the Woodland Park Campground. This campground is located in a super tiny town, but right on the beach, right next to park lands.

We made some repairs and caught up on laundry, etc. then hit the park the next day. We drove all the way to the west end of the park to Miners Castle Overlook and then to Miners Castle beach. So beautiful. Each of the great lakes simply have their own personality. Miners Castle Overlook gave us a glimpse of the Pictured Rocks from land (there are tours you can take via boat that can show you more). Then we were able to view the same cliff from the water at the beach. The colors were spectacular.

Then we went into Munising to try some Pasties (pronounced past-ees). Pasties are meat and veggie stuffed bread served with or without gravy. They were popular as the local minor’s food. Delicious. Then we went for ice-cream (thank you Molly & Steve!!) and then back to the park to Sand Point and Munising Falls. Pictured Rocks offers over 45 miles of hiking trails – but with Wren we opted for shorter stops and closer views. Then up to another Lake Superior overview where we had the entire beach to ourselves. Next stop was the Log Slide overlook. This is one I am so happy we chose to see. We walked over a goldenrod field split by a sand dune walkway to a beautiful view of Au Sable Lighthouse to the left and Grand Sable Sand Dunes to the right. It was breathtaking.

We took a third day to simply relax – learn about agates (Lake Superior Agates – I have a new treasure to search out! Check out https://agatelady.com/) and wonder the beach looking at all the beautiful colors of the rocks in a light rain. Next up north to Minnesota.




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