Munising became our destination so we could see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It was named the country's first National Lakeshore in 1966 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. This area has over a hundred miles of hiking trails, dozens of waterfalls, beautiful rock formations, sandy beaches and at least one shipwreck that can be seen from the water's surface.
The weather here has been warm and humid. The mosquitoes here are healthy and plentiful. The flies are also pretty hearty. We avoid being outside at dawn and dusk and we've made a sport of eradicating the little buggers from the coach every night before bedtime. Otherwise, we awake to a buzzzzzz in our ears. I've smacked my ears 'till they hurt.
|Dogs are allowed on the shore of Lake Superior at the campground. |
Ozzie (L) and Lexie (on leash) like strolling and sniffing around on the sand.
Along about the third day here, we learned about a nearby pontoon boat rental business. The prices were reasonable. We decided to invite John and Jerilyn to join us for a half-day excursion, taking all three dogs along; something we can never do when we take a public boat tour. Happily, they agreed and we planned to leave the dock around 1 p.m. the next day.
|John and Jerilyn with Maggie the show dog.|
|Lexie and Ozzie were couch potatoes while boating.|
|East Channel Lighthouse on Grand Island|
|Jerilyn, John and Maggie|
|Along one of the beach areas, we disembarked and took the pups for a walk.|
|Our pontoon (at least for the afternoon).|
|Petit Portal or Lovers Leap? Not sure which.|
Saltless and Shark Free!The wild beauty of Pictured Rocks includes sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline. All this beckoned us to visit the Pictured Rocks.
|Petit Portal close-up from the opposite side. |
Notice the crystal clear fresh water.
|To get a good perspective of the size of the rock cliff, look at the pontoon boat to the left.|
|Chapel Beach and Falls|
Notice the huge tree atop the flat rock with gaps between the lower rock layers.
The sun was warm but the air was cool enough that being in the shade made a sweatshirt necessary. I don't think we could have ordered a better weather day.
We'll be pushing on soon -- continuing westward and then north through the U.P. Come on along.