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Trip Report Two week Michigan/Wisconsin Highlights, Part 2

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After we left MC, our first stop was the 10am two hour boat tour of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie ( the largest waterway traffic system on earth and the boat travels along the international shoreline of the lower harbor). We found it quite enjoyable. After walking around the town and having lunch, we continued to Paradise where we dropped our luggage at the Hotel, Magnuson Grand. (nice rooms, convenient location, laundry facilities, and self serve breakfast). We drove onto the Tahquamenon Falls and visited both the Lower and Upper Falls (take the short paved pathway from the parking lot to the observation platform). After, we went right to Brown Fisheries Fish House for dinner. I read if you didn’t get there by 5pm they would run out of the catch they caught that day. That was right. We made it in time but others didn’t. They actually lock the front door. The food was good and reasonably priced. From here, before heading back to the hotel, we drove up to see the Whitefish Point Light Station at the extreme southeastern end of Lake Superior.

The next morning we headed to the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore Park. We took the route that took us thru Grand Marais which enabled us to stop along the way for a few short hikes before the boat tour. First, we stopped at the Miners Falls parking lot and took the 77 steps down to the viewing platform. We also went on to the Munising Falls and after dropping the luggage at the Holiday Inn Express (good rooms and great locaton) headed to pick up our tickets for the 2pm Spray Falls voyage which is an extended route (3 hrs) that offers views of the beautiful Spray Falls. We really enjoyed this beautiful ride. We had dinner at Sydney’s Shark Bay restaurant. The food was ok (not many choices in the area) but definitely get the dessert, Chocolate Wonder from Down Under ( fresh baked brownie, French vanilla ice cream, served with hot chocolate sauce and fresh berries).

After breakfast, we drove a little out of the way to see the Laughing Whitefish Falls off M94. A well groomed mile long trail leads you to the top of the falls. A large staircase takes you to the bottom, with a nice observation deck along the way. From here, we drove to our destination, the Dapple Grey B&B in Eagle Harbor (actually closer to Copper Harbor). What a pleasant surprise. The home is a large log cabin style with a lake view. Ruth and Ole were great hosts and we loved George Washington, their bull dog. After getting acquainted, we drove over to Copper Harbor and went to the Estevent Pines Sanctuary. We did one of the hikes thru the forest and were quite impressed with the large pine trees. Afterward, we had dinner at the Harbor Haus. If you order the Cesar Salad here (which is delicious) they'll ask you if you want it with anchovies (usually a staple with this salad). When you get the bill, you'll notice that there is an additional charge of $2.75 for the anchovies. Apparently because they're of the white variety but the waitress doesn't mention the additional charge when taking the order. However, the food we ordered ( whitefish tempura as an appetizer and for entrees, the roasted duck, pork schnitzel, trout, and seafood combination) was delicious and the serving staff were friendly and accommodating. Get a table with the Lake view. Although we loved staying in this nice B&B and wish we had another night, it was time to move on after having a good breakfast Ruth made.

After leaving the B&B we headed back toward Copper Harbor to drive along the 8+ mile Brockway Mountain Drive. The drive runs along the ridge of Brockway Mountain on the Keweenaw Fault and climbs to 1,320 feet (402 m) above sea level, 720 feet (220 m) above the surface of Lake Superior. From here, we headed to the Porcupine Mountains in Ontonogon. Since we would be exiting the park on the western end to head toward Wisconsin, after stopping at the visitor’s center, we went first to see the Lake of the Clouds (the lake is situated in a valley between two ridges in the Porcupine Mountains). The Lake of the Clouds Scenic View is a must see for the park visitor and probably the most photographed. Next, we went to the Summit Peak Scenic Area where there is a ½ mile walk to the observation tower. A large chunk of the walk actually takes you over an elevated boardwalk. The boardwalk runs along the edge of a hill side and then weaves through the woods and then you climb up the tower for the views. Lastly, before exiting the park, we went to Presque Isle River waterfalls (Nawadaha, Manido and Manabezho)—Located at the westernmost edge of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park along Hwy 519. In a little over and hour you can complete a 2 mile hiking loop with great views of all falls. This completed our Michigan adventure and after exiting the park on the western end (hgy 519) we headed to Wisconsin and our destination of Bayfield. To be continued..

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