Pictured Rocks and Other U.P. Beauty Secrets

Alan, Stephen, Joel and I spent last week on a marvelous tour of the Michigan’s gorgeous upper peninsula, visiting some of our favorite places and making sure that Stephen and Joel have lots of good memories of their “roots!” One of my favorite adventures was a boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. I stood breathless on the deck the whole time…filled my card with over 500 pictures. Definitely worth doing if you ever tour the U.P!

Our first night we hiked along the shore line of Union Bay Campground in the Porcupine Mountains. Perfect weather. Tranquil evening. The vast shores of Lake Superior are never crowded!

I suspect there are hundreds of waterfalls in the U.P. This one was taken on our hike along the Presque Isle River in the Porkies.

Here’s another beautiful water fall at Munising. Joel and Stephen took good care of their mom, making sure I didn’t slip at the wrong time.

Just about every night we were blessed with a spectacular sunset. This one was atop Brockway Mountain near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

This waterfall was just at the bottom of the hill below our property when we lived in Marquette. The Dead River cascades in a labyrinth of falls for several miles before spilling into Lake Superior.Wetmore Landing, just north of Marquette, was a favorite hiking and picnicking spot for Alan and me on our “date nights” and our entire family on weekends.

Sugar Loaf Mt. is another great spot for watching the sunset in the Marquette area. If you’ve got the time and are a face book friend…I just downloaded about 150 of my favorite photos from the trip! If you’re ever planning a trip to the U.P. and want suggestions for where to go, what to do, or where to eat…I’d be more than happy to give you more ideas! Happy hunting!