Day 9 - Munising, MI to Saxon, WI - 236 Miles
Another beautiful day in the UP! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! Wow! Very pretty. Can't believe this is Michigan. If Lake Superior was much narrower...it would be like the Grand Canyon.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is on the Lake Superior side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The National Park Service preserves the 40 miles of shoreline, cliffs, beaches and dunes for recreation and discovery. Like Sleeping Bear yesterday, the beauty was created by glaciers, water, wind and time (about 500 million years of time). The name “Pictured Rocks” comes from the colorful streaks of mineral stain decorating the face of the sculpted cliffs . This may be more spectacular to see from the water, but the cruise boats don’t start running until next week, after Memorial Day.
|More beauty ...|
|Can you see the face in these roots?|
|A view from the overlook|
|Designed by Mother Nature|
|Originally I thought I had made a wrong turn, but it appears that Santa has expanded his operations|
|The three cows of Jillbert's Diary, Marquette, MI on display around the business|
One of the many kitchy roadside attractions at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap
|Da Yooppers Tourist Trap, Ishpeming, MI is exactly that...but a fun stop|
Ishpeming is also home of the US National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum
|It appears that Big Powder Mountain is the Ski Capital of the Midwest|
|Stormy Kromer Cap|
After the tourist trap it was onward to Ironwood, MI, an old mining town. Ironwood, has honored its mining heritage and has memorialized the miners it has lost in mine accidents through the years with a large mural on a building in downtown.
There is also a wooden sculpture of three miners carved from the trunk of a large tree, which grew in the town park.
Finally, Hiawatha was given tribute with a large statue.
From here it was off to the Frontier Bar and Campground for the evening.