This past weekend I ventured to the UP (upper peninsula) of Michigan to gather with some friends from all over the state and some who live up there (who were our hosts). We had a great time catching up with each other, a cookout and bonfire - UP style. For those who haven't kept up with my blogs - each year I choose a word to focus on. This year my word was explore and EXPLORE I did!
Our first night was spent in Sault Ste Marie. After finding our motel, we wandered some roads and found the Iroquois Point lighthouse. Of course it was evening, so everything was closed.
We decided it was worth a return trip during daylight hours!
I decided to climb the light tower to get some steps in ...
By the time I got to the top the rain had returned. The view was great and I found myself wishing it was a better picture taking day with bright blue skies and water - but you can't always get what you want!
Then it was back down those winding steps... which was a bit tricky!
I loved the stone fence surrounding the property. It was so colorful!
Not far from the light house we stumbled upon an old Indian burial ground.
You couldn't help but wonder about the spirits resting there.....
There was this beautiful lake across the road covered with water lilies.
And this statue honoring the past, present and future warriors.
Later that evening we were treated to a bonfire - Yooper style.
I think the fire is finally catching.....
There we go!
That evening we stayed in a rustic fishing cabin. When they say rustic - they mean rustic!
But the morning view from the dock was priceless.
I hit the road for my morning walk...
Which was a little frightening! No cell phone reception up there! Not a sole in sight anywhere and lots of animal, bird and bug noises! I think this might be the ax murderer's markings......
After my walk we headed to Whitefish Bay to see the shipwreck museum. Many ships have been lost on Lake Superior. The bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald gave me chills. The thought of going down with your ship in the icy cold water of Lake Superior in the night gave me goosebumps.
Then we wandered to see the light and lakeshore. In the distance, a freighter was passing by.
After a brief stop in Paradise (a small nearby town)
where the gun toting bear didn't look all that friendly, we turned our car towards the south and headed for our long drive home.
I didn't get all my steps in this weekend. I ate some fresh caught lake fish (which happened to be fried) and some Mackinac Island fudge, but also managed to get a walk in every morning (even in the rain), spin the spark wheel, and explore some areas of my state which I have not seen.
Now back to my daily routine, walking, working and sparking! Working hard to get Mr Scale back where he was when I left! I think I can convince him to move if I work real hard!
Explore the world around you!!!