Blogs from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, United States, North America


Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan The only way to really see the Pictured Rocks is by boat. Whether a big cruise vessel or a small kayak, the breathtaking forms and colors are best seen from below looking out and up. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to see on top of those bluffs and around the various beaches that make up the Lakeshore. Like all Lakeshores and Seashores we’ve been to so far, they are complex parks with both natural and cultural resources. (There is even a lighthouse in this park.). Of course all we can ever do is sample what a park has to offer, but we learned that there are great experiences here off the boat. At the far eastern end of the park is Great Sable Dunes, a sand dune ... read more

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan We began our exploration of this park yesterday with a bang - the Sunset Cruise, offered by Pictured Rock Cruises out of Munising, Michigan will be one of the all-time highlights of this trip. We knew this was highly touted as a good way to see this park, but we had no idea just how good it would be. Even though it was overcast the entire trip, the colors in the rocks came through just fine and the thrill of being next to, and in one case, right in them, was an invigorating experience. Yes, there are hikes through this park, but you won’t be able to see the majesty of these bluffs from on top of them - you have to be on the lake itself. (For more rugged ... read more

Once again, we were blessed with great weather today. We reached our goal of seeing three of the Great Lakes on this road trip. Today, was Lake Superior. Yesterday, at Mackinac Island, was Lake Huron. And the days at Arcadia were on Lake Michigan. We checked out of the Bicycle Street Inn about 9:00am and caught the 9:30am ferry to St. Ignace. We made a route decision last night that takes us off the original track. We are no longer driving up to Sault Sainte Marie. We discovered that the cruise to visit the Pictured Rock National Lakeshore departs only once per day until June. The departure time is 2:00pm. So, we decided to give up on our plan to visit the city and the local university where my friends, Chris and Cathy Buell, attended. We ... read more
The Grand Hotel
Munising, Michigan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

August 16—I stayed last night in the Hiawatha National Forest, just a short distance drive from the ferry dock to Mackinac Island. Today I needed some time to rest, process and review all the pictures I took and relive yesterday. I really like that Island! So it was an easy day. I will stay again tonight before moving on. Bootsie: Yeah! It's about time Marty spent some time with me! She was gone a long time yesterday and I was stuck—again--in one of those boring parking lots. There weren't even any dogs running around! There were quite a few birds, though. Well, I had to let her know that I needed some attention! I do this in several ways: I talk to her with a firm “r-r-ack” sound, instead of my usual sweet meow. That usually ... read more
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Upper Tahquamenon Falls
Side View of "T" Falls

I am constantly amazed to discover that some of the most beautiful locations in the world are some of the most underrated or unadvertised. Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, stretching from Munising to Grand Marais, Michigan is a perfect example of this idea.... read more

Good mornin’ America how are you ? (in my singing voice) ! Seriously, I can’t help it, I’m just a morning person. Yesterday it was dancing and today it’s singing. I had a great birthday yesterday but it’s not over yet. I plan on having an even better day after my birthday day. You know I might even have a birthday week this year ! We woke up in the parking lot at the Bay Mills Casino and Resort in Michigan today and thank goodness the rain was gone. We parked right by the lake so our view this morning was just incredible. The little ducks were waddling around looking for food and the waves were crashing into the rocks right by our window. There were a few things in the book that we had to ... read more
An actual beacon from the light station
A view from the top of the light station
A view from the top of the light station

We left Michigamme Shores after a fairly leisurely morning. It rained last night and we were hoping the camper would dry. It did, but the carpet didn't and my stove was full of water after being left outside. From Champion through Ishpeming and then Marquette, along the south shore of Lake Superior we drove, to Munising where we found the Visitor Center for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks is a park that is best viewed from a boat, but there are overlooks, waterfalls and beaches. We started with Munising Falls, Sand Point, and Miner's Castle on the west side. Then we drove down around to the east side where we stopped at Sable Falls, the Log Slide Overlook with its views of the Grand Sable Dunes (500' high) and the Au Sable Lighthouse, then ... read more
Munising Falls
Sable Falls
Grand Sable Dunes

It is not down in any map; true places never are. ~Herman Melville Pasty As we were leaving Bayfield we spotted an old library and immediately thoughts of Carnegie came to mind, sure enough this indeed was a Carnegie Library. “Ole Andy” really did get around leaving a wonderful legacy to the people of our country. We were just in time for the Apostle Islands Cruise in northern Wisconsin. For two hours we saw and heard about the history of this National Lakeshore. Back on shore we headed for the Bothan to continue our drive to Michigan; we had parked under a tree seeking some shade. Well, as I slowly tried to avoid a car parked in front, I heard a crunching sound coming from the roof. The tree limbs were wedging themselves in the ... read more
Chiefs nose
Colored rocks, caused by chemicals in the rocks
These caves are caused by the rough waters of Lake Superior

Watching the sunset over Lake Superior the trip slowly starts to feel like it's a reality. The hues of red and orange reflect off the gently lapping surface of the water and slowly shift to warm shades of rose and lavendar as time passes on. The sand feels good between my toes and we sit there until the sun dips below the horizon. This morning we started off with a good roaring fire. Andras drove into Grand Marais to get ice and change while I stayed behind to 'keep camp.' We've come to a lakeshore during the peak of an extremely bad mosquito season and between them and the smoke from the fire it's hard to get a moment to yourself. But apart from the bugs, our only company is the squirels and birds looking for ... read more
Au Sable Light Station
Moccasin Flower
Trailside in the Woods

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