Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Couple of Perfect Spots in Michigan?

We continued our journey in Michigan by going over the Mackinaw Bridge into the UP(Upper Pennisula of Michigan). Brevoort Lake was our first stop. A lovely spot on a pretty lake. Our site was in the trees overlooking the lake and we still had satellite and internet and great weather! What more could we ask for. Wellll, one thing we didn't expect. Mosquitoes. Lots of mosquitoes. Mid May to Mid June is the prime time for them and they just had some wet weather recently and so they were out in force.

Unfortunately we not only couldn't sit outside but we got some mosquitoes in the motorhome as well.
We took a drive and checked out another small campground right on Lake Michigan. Would have been nice but there were mosquitoes there as well. We stopped at one of the ubiquitous pastie shops which are everywhere in the UP. Pronounced pass tees, there are a pie like meal with potatoes, carrots and rutabagas with either meat, chicken or more veggies. We bought one of each as well as a dessert apple one. The savory ones were frozen and we took them home and split one of the savory ones and the apple one. Pretty yummy.  We  had paid for another night but couldn't handle it and so packed up quickly in the afternoon and took off for our next destination, which is farther north near Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. City of Munising Tourist Park is also on the water, on the shores of Lake Superior. Brevoort Lake was a national forest and so only $10 a night and this spot is in the $30's  but we have full hookups, a great view and only a few mosquitos though I think we brought some with us and are still trying to get rid of them.

And to top it off, we got a beautiful sunset, which we haven't had for awhile.

I had read about the Picture Rocks Boat Tour on several blogs and they said it was a must do when in this area and so we decided on the 2 o'clock tour. We had taken jackets in case it was cooler out on the water, but it turned out to be a beautiful warm day. The boat goes along Lake Superior, which is the largest of the Great Lakes and the second largest in the world, Its boundaries are Onatrio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Voted #1 boat tour in the state of Michigan by Michigan Living. Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises offers a fully-narrated scenic 2-3 hour cruise of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. “Unique and spectacular,” is often the description passengers use when sharing their experience. The tour highlights the steep, 200-foot sandstone cliffs sculpted by ancient glaciers and painted by the mineral-rich ground water that runs down the face of the cliffs. Varying shades of brown, tan and yellow shimmer from minerals such as iron, copper and manganese, and provides a majestic vista only Mother Nature could create.

The picture below shows some of the ice that is still on the water. In fact we were told this was the first day they were able to do the full tour as they had to turn back due to inpassable blocks of ice.

The scenery was just amazing and everyone was taking a lot of pictures.

We passed several groups of kayakers. That would have been fun to do.

From the colors of the water and the rock, the sandstone cliffs and waterfalls, t was an amazing day.

We went by Grand Island with its interesting Lighthouse.

To end the day, another great sunset.

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