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Marina at St. Ignace

Today's view of Lake Michigan

View from overlook at Munising


Sailboat near Grand Island

Something different for dinner

Yesterday, we went into St. Ignace and had breakfast brunch at the restaurant overlooking the marina. The food was excellent and the view of the marina was very nice with an overcast sky in the background. We shopped for a few groceries at Glen's Market.


Today was a travel day and we moved northwest across the UP to the tiny town of Munising, located on the shores of Lake Superior. We took Hwy 2 from St. Ignace and followed the shores of Lake Michigan for the first half of the trip before turning north. The UP is only about 60 miles deep. We saw lots of signs along the way advertising "Yooper" items, the name those living in the UP give themselves. The Yoopers believe they are living in God's country and that Trolls live in Southern Michigan and elsewhere.


Lake Michigan was very pretty today, reflecting the clear blue skies with a brilliant blue color. But, even though it was a pretty shade of blue, the views are boring. There is just no personality to these Great Lakes. The water today was smooth without hardly a ripple. It is hard to imagine that big of a body of water just sitting level and still. If I had money to invest into buying property, I would not spend it on anything bordering any of the Great Lakes. I'll take an ocean view any day - - with a nice beach, please.


We will be staying for the next four nights at the Munising Tourist Park just west of town. It is a nice campground with a pretty view of an inlet out our windows. This is probably one of the most spacious sites we have ever had. There is enough room to park several rigs on our site. All of the waterfront sites are full and we imagine that most of those people have been coming here for years and reserve their sites months in advance. There are a lot of campers here and many large groups. At least the sites are not cramped together so hopefully we won't be inhaling camp fires tonight. We are having to rough it though without cable. Luckily, we have a large puzzle supply on hand.


After setting up camp and having lunch, we drove back into town to check on reservations that we have for tomorrow for the Pictured Rocks Boat Tour. On the way, we stopped at a scenic overlook with some pretty views of Grand Island just off the coast. We met a nice family from Michigan on vacation and exchanged travel information with them. There is a lot of Indian history and lore in this area and Grand Island was once an important hunting and fishing summer spot. We have not seen any furry animals yet in Michigan, evidence of the fur trade of the past.


We stopped at Muldoon's Pasties Shop on the way back to camp to pick up dinner. Pasties (pronounced Passties) are like meat pies with either beef or chicken and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions and rhutabega). They are very popular here in Michigan and this will be our first time trying them.


We are looking forward to exploring this new area over the next couple of days.

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