Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Our week at Gitche Gumee Bible camp last September was the warmest week of the season, according to camp workers, in spite of the late September date. So, when we stopped in Munising on our way home at the end of the week and boarded a boat for a late-afternoon cruise along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we were able to sit quite comfortably on the top deck. 

This post contains more photos than I usually include in a single post, so I'll keep my words to a minimum.

One of the boats used on the Pictured Rocks tour
The next picture is a view of the Miner's Castle rock formation. I had previously shown this formation from an overlook on land here.

Miners Castle

Bridalveil Falls slows to a trickle after the spring snowmelt

Petit Portal and Lover's Leap

Rainbow Cave

Grand Portal

Broken Vase

Can you see the Pirate? His nose is just above the waterline. 

Chapel Cove

Chapel Rock

A tree on top of Chapel Rock is sustained by its root system attached to the main bluff.

A view along the shore

Spray Falls

Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

The Pictured Rocks cruise was a great way to wrap up the week. The next day, we had home in our sights.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Autumn Beauty in the UP

As we drove home from Gitche Gumee Bible Camp last September, the fall colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula were at their peak. Our route took us past Lake Plumbago in Baraga County, and the sight of the trees, in all their fall glory, reflected in the still water of the lake, just took our breath away.

Doug and I at Lake Plumbago, Baraga County, Michigan

A little further down the road, we saw a sign promoting a trail to Canyon Falls. Well, Doug and I are suckers for waterfalls; and, by then, we were needing to stretch our legs a little. So off we went in search of a new waterfall.

The trail to Canyon Falls

A view of the Sturgeon River along the trail to Canyon Falls

We came to this little waterfall but were assured by other hikers that this was not Canyon Falls.

Canyon Falls...worth the hike

Doug took this image with our camcorder.

Next stop on our way home was the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. But it deserves a post of its own. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eagle River, Michigan

The pictures in this post are all from in and around Eagle River, Michigan, where we spent a week at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp last September.

Jacobs Falls, a roadside waterfall not far from the camp

Eagle River Falls, also very close to the camp

Eagle River Lighthouse on a day when we couldn't tell where water ended and sky began

This dock was near where we stood to view the Eagle River Lighthouse

Eagle River Courthouse

Eagle River Sheriff's Office (Barred windows at rear indicate jail cells there.)
I'll have another post or two from this trip, showing some of the sights from our drive back home.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Gitchee Gumee Bible Camp...Some Highlights

During our week at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp last September, the camp offered a different afternoon activity each day. One was a hayride, which took guests to places of interest in the local community. Unfortunately, the only decent pictures I have of the tractor, wagon, and people were taken by a volunteer at the camp; and I didn't obtain his permission to use them here. 

But I do have a couple of photos from The Eagle River Museum, which was one of the stops on the hayride:

Eagle River Museum (Photo credit to our friend, Pat)
Inside the Eagle River Museum was this Emerson Piano, manufactured at the William P. Emerson Piano Factory in Boston and believed to have been shipped to Eagle River in 1853, for placement in the Phoenix Hotel which was built in that year. The piano was rescued from the fire which destroyed the hotel in 1912.

Emerson Piano at Eagle River Museum

On another afternoon, the camp offered a bus trip to visit Estivant Pines Wilderness Nature Sanctuary. It is said that this area is home to what may be the last stand of virgin white pine in the Upper Peninsula, with some trees as old as 600 years and reaching heights of 150 feet (45 meters).

Sign at Estivant Pines Wilderness Nature Sanctuary

It was "Senior Saints" week at the camp, but a good portion of them showed up for this hike.

Doug and I at Estivant Pines

The bus ride was NOT a highlight of the trip!
Following the visit to Estavant Pines, we re-boarded the not-so-comfortable bus for a ride up Brockway Mountain Drive and some beautiful views of the fall foliage from the ridge of Brockway Mountain.

Fall Foliage from Brockway Mountain

Another View of Fall Foliage from Brockway Mountain

Staff Member, Mel, Demonstrating Alpine Horn on Brockway Mountain

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Gitche Gumee Bible Camp

Our week at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp last September included lots of good Bible teaching as well as food, fellowship, and fun.

This picture shows the back of the cabin where our friend, Pat, stayed.

The Dining Room, where delicious food was served for every meal

Arapaho Cabin, where Doug and I stayed

A short walk through the woods led to the shore of Lake Superior

Lake Superior Shoreline

Our friend, Pat, took this picture of Doug and me at the lakeshore.

This is another of Pat's Pictures...two photographers at work.

I'll share some highlights of the week in the next post.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

On the Way to Gitche Gumee

Last September, during my year-long break from blogging, Doug and I and our friend, Pat, traveled to and through Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP) to spend a week at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp, located in Eagle River, Michigan, in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan are connected by the Mackinac (pronounced MAK-in-aw) Bridge, a suspension bridge of approximately five miles (8 km) in length.

Entering the Mackinac Bridge

The bridge from a viewing point on the UP side

A look at the fall colors that were beginning to pop out in the UP

Tahquamenon Falls wasn't too far from where we stayed that first night of travel. So we took advantage of the remaining daylight and went to see the falls.

Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Our route the next day took us through the city of Munising, Michigan. We knew there were several sightseeing opportunities in that area, so we stopped at a visitor center for advice on what we could see in the short amount of time we could spare. A ranger there told us about Wagner Falls, which she said was her personal favorite of multiple waterfalls in the vicinity and which was very near.

Wagner Falls

Then we drove a short distance to an overlook with a view of the rock formation called Miner's Castle. It's part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is best viewed in the late afternoon, from a boat out on the water.

Miner's Castle

For comparison, I'm including another picture that I took of Miner's Castle back in 2004, from the same overlook, but with late-day lighting. You might also notice that there are two two turrets in the earlier image. One of those turrets broke off in 2006.

HPIM0471-Miners Castle-Pictured Rocks Natl Lakeshore
Miner's Castle in 2004, with two turrets

By the way, for those who may be wondering, Gitche Gumee is a Native American name for Lake Superior and means "Big Water." 

Back with more soon.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hot Rod or Motorcycle?

Doug and I took a road trip at the end of May, to visit Cousin Bill's widow, Anita. We hadn't seen her since Bill died a year and a half ago. The only photos I took that day were from the car as we drove the two and a half hours each way.

These first pictures are of an odd-looking vehicle that we passed on the highway. It had three wheels and was pulling a small trailer. 


The license plate on the vehicle itself bore a handicap embem.

Please excuse the next photo. I wouldn't normally post one of such poor quality, but it was the only shot I could get of the front. I took the picture through the outside rearview mirror on the passenger side of our car, as we passed him.


The next two were taken from the passenger seat, through the driver's side window, as he passed us.



The final picture in this post is of a cloud formation that caught our eye on our way home that evening.


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