Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 Epic Road Trip - Day 9

May 22, 2016

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 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.

The Lakeshore
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.

Miner's Mural

 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.

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