Saturday, August 23, 2014

more vacay

We spent last week in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on vacation with my parents. I'm pretty sure everyone had a good time, and even though the weather wasn't 100%  cooperative, we managed to do a lot of fun things outside. (All those pictures from my previous post were taken on the first two days, when we went to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.)

One foggy day, we drove along the scenic shore of Lake Superior towards  Sault Ste. Marie. We stopped at one overlook spot for pictures and a bathroom break, but couldn't really very far. Even in the fog, it was pretty, though.


That's Lake Superior behind the kids. You just can't see it.
We stopped at the Point Iroquois Lighthouse and climbed the tower,


Looked at some cool bugs and spiderwebs,



walked along the cobblestone beach, where Daniel practiced his stone-skipping skills,







Then we continued on to Sault Ste. Marie for lunch and a look at the Soo Locks. It's quite the engineering feat there! We skipped the boat tour (too long, too expensive), but there is a large observation deck where you can go and watch the locks in action. We waited for a 1000-foot-long freighter to come through. That was pretty impressive.


On the last day, the weather finally cleared. It was calm and sunny and perfect. My parents took the kids back to Whitefish Point to walk along the beach and skip more rocks (Daniel's new favorite thing to do on vacation, apparently), and Stuart and I went back to Tahquamenon Falls to hike the Wilderness Loop. It was a little over 8 miles and exhausting, but beautiful and so worth it.

Wolf Lake

Stuart swatting mosquitoes
 We didn't see wild animals, but we saw evidence that they live there.


Might this be a beaver dam?

Moose crap Bear crap (Thanks, Barb T!)
Wild blueberries were EVERYWHERE. I ate a few, and they are delicious.




Towards the end of the hike as we neared the visitor's center, we came upon this enormous tree, a giant white pine. 



There was also a bit of swimming and canoeing in Lake Superior, some fun cooking experiments, and much more I could say about vacation, but I think I've already put up more pictures than I should have. Suffice it to say, we had a great time. 

Now we're home and it's time to get ready for school starting. Where does the time go?

1 comment:

Barb T. said...

We have a fair number of moose where I live here in Maine; that isn't moose crap. From a crapologist (lol) moose have poop that looks like marshmallows. Your photo looks more like bear crap which we occasionally see along with the actual creature in our yard.