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Aug 5, 2018 - A Visit to the East Side

We drove along H-58 through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and along the shore of Lake Superior to see what's in Grand Marais, MI. The Chippewa Indians fished along this shoreline for many years before the arrival of settlers in the 1860s. Once a trading post was established, commercial fishing boats began to fish the area. By the 1880s, lumbermen began to move in. A rail line was established from Seney, and Grand Marais boomed as a lumber town between 1885 and 1910. At its peak, approximately 3,000 people lived here. By 1911, the boom...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Grand Marais and Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore), MI

Click on Thumbnails to enlarge I next wanted to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior. It was a place Sharon and I had never visited and though within 20 miles or so, I passed it by last summer. I tried to get a campsite in Munising’s municipal RV park but, at best, I would have had to move to a different site every day. Grand Marais (MaRay) is about 45 miles east of Munising, also on Lake Superior, and it looked, on the map, as though it would be a nice drive along the lake to the cruise terminal in Munising so I...

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2016 Summer Trip

Jul 1, 2016 - Exploring the Area

Yesterday was a wash out! It rained most of the day but our laundry is done. Today it is cool, windy but the skies are blue. It was a great day to get in the car and explore more of the Pictured Rocks National Lakehore. We drove a total of 50 miles from the town of Munising to the village of Grand Marais, had a fantastic burger in an old time pub, and then drove back the 50 miles without stopping and got home at about 3:00 p.m. You will see from the photos that we were in beautiful country with wild rivers, sand dunes, lighthouses and...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park

“Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.” That description was enough to lure us to the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan and the town of Grand Marais on the shores of Lake Superior. Munising is probably a better place to stay for viewing the scenery, but we weren't able to book a site. Grand Marais is 45 miles away and on the eastern edge of the park. Grand Marais is one of the oldest place-names on the Great Lakes. The name is French for "big...

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Gulliver's Travels

Sep 21, 2012 - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Friends Ken and Barb, who we met in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, certainly knew what they were talking about when they referred us to Grand Marais City Park! You must have this location as your destination to get here, it is not on the way to anywhere. So essentially, it's at the end of the road, at Lake Superior. Immediately adjacent to this far flung little community and to the west is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Friday, we took a drive along the shore to see some of the sights and I have copied some of them for you to...

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Dream On

Jul 25, 2012 - Grand Marais

We traveled to Grand Marais today in the rain. Setup in the rain and now the storm has passed. Woodland Park Campground is a nice city park right on Lake Superior. We can walk to the beach or to town. Nice:)

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The Heasley Travels

Aug 27, 2011 - Hiking Lake Superior State Forest

August 27, 2011 – Hiking Lake Superior State Forest We awoke to another crystal clear but windy day with a cold wind blowing off Lake Superior. So, no kayaking today. We decided to find a trail to hike in Lake Superior State Forest because you cannot take dogs on the trails in the National Park. We drove along State Highway H-58 east. Unfortunately, most of it is not paved and the road surface was like a washboard and very dusty. As we drove down the road, before the hike, a hawk flew out of a tree, onto the shoulder of the road and then...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Kayaking Grand Marais

Heard the East Coast is really going to be hit by Hurricane Irene. Hope everyone is doing OK. This is a magical place; changeable almost by the minute. The wind has changed direction today and now is coming off the land making the air temperature much warmer but the sea is colder. We were going to kayak one of the lakes but it was very rough because of the change of wind. Instead, we launched from the town harbor at Grand Marais and kayaked around the protected area and into Lake Superior. We passed nesting grounds of the endangered piping...

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Aug 25, 2011 - Picture Rocks and Grand Marais

August 25, 2011 Today, we started exploring Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. We are at the eastern end where the high dunes are. You have to climb down steep steps to get to the beaches but they are incredible sweeps of sand sprinkled with surf-rounded rocks. Apparently, there are agates aplenty on the shore among the rocks but we have not been able to find any that we know of. In any event, we went to the Log Slide area where they used to slide the lumber down the dunes to waiting boats. You can see the Au Sable lighthouse from the area....

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Aug 24, 2011 - Grand Marais

August 24, 2011-Grand Marais Drove from Brimley to Grand Marais located on Lake Superior at the eastern end of the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. We are staying at Woodland Park which is a municipal/town park located on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. It is first come, first served which is great for us since we really never know when we will be places or even where we will be. We are on a site right “on” the water. We decided to come here and stay through Saturday night and then move on to Munising and the other end of Picture Rocks....

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Jul 13, 2011 - Mackinaw City to Grand Marais, MI 120 miles

We hated to leave Mackinaw City and our beautiful campground, but we hitched up and headed over the Mackinac Bridge, leaving lower Michigan and heading on into the Upper Peninsula (U.P.). We paid our $7 toll and traveled along Lake Michigan for a little while longer. This bridge was built in 1957 and was once the longest cable-stay bridge. We left Lake Michigan for good and saw Lake Superior for the 1st time at Grand Marais. We found another great campground right on Lake Superior where Bonnie can run off-leash, in and out of the...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Pictured Rocks NLS - east end

There are two entrances to the Park. The eastern entrance has a driving road, so I went to check it out. I thought it would just be a road on top of the rocks I saw on the boat trip, but I was wrong. The road leads to the Sable (pronounced “sahble” – French for sand) lake, creek and water falls, then to a log slide, and finally, to a campground and trail leading to the Au Sable Lightstation. I was awed by the cascading waterfalls, the largeness and steepness of the sand dunes at the shoreline, and the views from the lighthouse. I got to see...

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