Almost Forgotten…

Mari paddling through a sea cave on the east side of Grand Island…

 

So, this post really doesn’t have anything to do with recent activities. But, earlier this summer Mari and I did make it over to Pictured Rocks for one last trip before our move out to Maine. I just came across a folder of images from the trip and thought they should be shared.

The Pictured Rocks area is  a place that we found ourselves returning to each summer. Most of the time we would circumnavigate Grand Island because we were usually short on time and we didn’t have to set up a shuttle. This past summer however we had the opportunity to paddle the entire length of the Pictured Rocks shoreline and since Mari had never had the opportunity to experience this stretch we arranged to start our trip a few days before a symposium in Grand Marais. This enabled us to leave our car in Munising and have friends pick it up and bring it to the even site for us.

We spent 3 nights and 4 days paddling the ~45 miles to Grand Marais. During our trip we experienced thunder storms, thick fog,  beautiful bluebird skies, strong winds and waves to 5-6 ft… sometimes all in the same day. This is something that everyone has been told, but a lot of people really don’t think about. The weather on Lake Superior really can – and does – change very quickly. On our second day of paddling we left Miner’s Beach in 80 degree, windless, blue sky conditions only to run into a small system where the temp dropped 15-20 degrees, the fog was so thick that we couldn’t see the 100 ft sandstone cliffs only a few hundred feet away, and 2-4 ft waves that were reflecting off the steep sandstone walls. If we were less prepared this could have been a very difficult situation. But we were good and after a short stop at Mosquito Beach we got back on the water and had nothing but blue skis, warm weather and calm water on our way to Chapel Beach.

Overall it was a great trip and I would definitely recommend putting the Pictured Rocks on your paddling bucket list.

Enjoy the rest of the pics… there’s a more complete gallery at the bottom. Some of the images are out of order because my slr and p&s aren’t sync’d up correctly.

Later… paddle safe!

 

Making the crossing from Trout Point on Grand Island over to Miner’s Castle…

 

 

And here comes the fog…

 

 

Approaching a large arch just north of Mosquito Beach…

 

 

Some of the amazing cliffs along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore…

 

 

Mari paddling through one of the many small openings in the sandstone…

 

 

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