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Miner’s Castle Is Major Awesome (Day 57, Part 2)

September 16th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Drove across the U.P. to Christmas, Mich., where I got a campsite for the night, then headed out to Munising (a town!) and then Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to see what was there, half-way intending on finding it to be lame and then leaving first thing in the morning.

I found out Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore existed by going through a list of all National Parks Service properties on Wikipedia and seeing that this one looked kind of pretty in the pictures, plus somewhere in my mind I thought I remembered someone telling me that the “claw part” of Michigan had something worthwhile about it. Turns out that real life is prettier than the pictures, most especially *my* pictures (in this case). IMHO.

munising-fallsSee that there? And if you squint hard enough, you can almost see a waterfall!

So Munising Falls wasn’t the good part. It was close to town, though, and thus got visited. The next site down the line was Miner’s Castle, which was recommended by RS’s Reader’s Digest book.

miners-castle_kayaksThe Miner’s Castle; the miner himself may be in one of the ‘yaks. But probably not.

miners-castle_pictured-rocksSans paddlers.

Was mostly struck by how pretty the water was. Looked like something you’d expect to find in the South Pacific, but it was on Lake Superior. Pretty cool. I figured I hadn’t seen enough of it and then found what looked like a good 10-miler I could try the next day.

Meanwhile, my writeups get continually lamer. This one’s almost *sincere* [shudders]. Only another 68 days of blogging to go (give or take)! Maybe my second (writing) wind is waiting for me in, oh, let’s say the Adirondacks. Seems likely enough.

bkd

PS, The campground was an NFS site, so you know it had to be good. It was a pretty big NFS campground (40 or so sites) and privately managed, which meant it was a little on the expensive site for NFS ($16). But: potable water, plenty of trees, and I could do laundry without my neighbors having to watch. NFS campgrounds über alles.

  1. September 16th, 2009 at 09:30 | #1

    Purty water. And big lakes are kind of freaky. I don’t know why I feel that way, since I grew up an hour from the Pacific Ocean.

  2. September 16th, 2009 at 09:40 | #2

    I think they’re kind of weird from the standpoint that you know it’s a lake, but it sure the heck looks like it ought to be an ocean, otherwise you should be able to see the other side.

  3. Bice710
    September 16th, 2009 at 11:09 | #3

    I’m worried you may have jumped the shark with this headline, honestly.

  4. September 16th, 2009 at 12:21 | #4

    You know, I sort of miss having daily discussions about shark-jumping. Ah well.

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