DAY ONE // LEAVE FOR PICTURED ROCKS
HURRICANE RIVER AND BEACH
Being that we’d never been to Pictured Rocks we had no idea what to expect, but I had researched the best places to photograph. Hurricane Beach was one that seemed popular which proved easy to understand.
The Hurricane River flows out of the woods right into Lake Superior, and is positioned to offer the possibility of a nice sunset shot. This particular evening didn’t offer the most stunning sunset but the water was refreshing and the beach itself was amazing.
Upon entering the water we noticed very quickly how different this beach was from what we’re used to in Lake Michigan. The floor of Lake Superior varied from stones to sand to sandstone which gave us to feeling of walking in a swimming pool. No matter how far we went out into the water we could easily see the bottom through the crystal clear water.
Sunset came, and it was time to head to our cabin for the night. Tomorrow was going to be a big day.
DAY TWO // 12 MILES OF HIKING
MINER’S FALLS // MINER’S CASTLE // SPRAY FALLS
After returning to the trailhead we headed to Miner’s Castle, a 1.2 mile round trip on pavement which made more of a nice walk than a hike.
DAY THREE // 8+ MILES OF KAYAKING
We set out for Mosquito Beach with overcast skies and relatively calm waters. Rounding the first cliff we could not believe the beauty created by the mineral-laden water pouring down the rock, shaping and indeed painting it. The cliffs are decked out in reds, oranges, greens, white and black and look amazing against the water which seemed like a blue-green colored gemstone. Only in a kayak can one experience the pictured rocks like this!
Now Lover’s Leap is named for the outcropping on the cliff high above the water, but the cool formation is really the archway under the cliff. Past this were a couple of caves, one less significant and the grander Rainbow cave. Achieving this distance was a big surprise, and I’m so proud of my kids for the accomplishment.
DAY FOUR // 6 MILE HIKE
A TREE ON A ROCK
Alas, the dry weather was not to stay. As soon as we resumed our hike the rain returned but fortunately much more lightly, allowing us a pleasant return trek to the trailhead.
DAY FIVE – SEVEN
TAHQUAMENON FALLS // ST IGNACE // MACINAC ISLAND
We made our base camp at St. Ignace for the next couple of days to take advantage of views of the Mackinaw Bridge, the fort on Mackinac Island, and friends around the campfire. I also discovered an interesting lighthouse in St. Ignace with an even more interesting name, Wawatam. I ventured out early on a sunlit morning to capture its image against the blue sky.
Fort Mackinac is a first-class act with some great old buildings and well-preserved history, not to mention some fine views of Lake Huron and the mainland. Mackinac Island is a fun place to visit, and make sure to enjoy the fudge while you are there.
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