The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a wilderness compared to the Lower with it's big cities and industry. The Upper Peninsula sports three National Forests, a wildlife refuge, two Indian reservations, Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, and two State Parks. The largest city there has only about 22,000 people. It's an Outdoorsman's Paradise. Enjoy the view.
As soon as I crossed onto the Upper Peninsula, I encountered fog like this. It lasted for a couple of hours. Very slow going.
This was my goal in the Upper Peninsula. I'm not sure what I had in mind, but my expectations were exceded.
"Sandstone cliffs-- ochre, tan, brown, sandwiched with layers of white and green--tower 50 to 200 feet above the water. Lake Superior--so vast, so blue--glistens against a cloud-streaked sky. Deep forests--emerald, black, gold--open onto small lakes and waterfalls. The image is reminiscent of a master's painting: a palette of nature's colors, shapes, and textures creates the scene that is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore." That from the National Parks brochure and it is not overstated.
One of two Port lights near Grand Marais.
A view of Miners Castle
Another formation there
A closeup view of a rock formation
A view of the cliff
The cliffs of Grand Island
More of Grand Island
Straight down to the lake
A stream leading to Lake Superior
The trail leading to Sable Falls
More of the trail
I was the first to head this way that day. I know this because of all the spider webs I broke walking along this trail. I experienced a great sense of calm and peace walking through the forest.
This is Sable Falls. Sable Creek winds its way down to the lake with a 400 foot drop.
Another view of the falls
And a closeup
From Sable Falls it was on to Grand Sable Dunes
The dunes rise about 400 feet above the lake. An awesome sight
Blowing sands make the dunes.
One of the dunes from a distance
A closeup of a dune
Dunes and forest mix high above the lake
Dunes right down to the shore
Lake Superior from the dunes
The lake and sky make a beautiful backdrop for the trail to the dunes. Yes, Lake Superior is that blue.
This was a wonderful place to start the Parks portion of my trip. It's a lesson in geology in the making. Seeing the water and land compete for space, and looking at places where the sand and forest fight for position. Learning how the grass plays an important part in the outcome. We live in a dynamic world, which is constantly changing. We don't see those changes because Mother Nature takes her time.