Grand Marais was nice, but we were ready to move on from the town. The U.P. is deceptively big and there was still so much to see and do. Breakfast was non-existent on this day as we wanted to get a move on and see things. And we were off, westward towards Munising!
The road from Grand Marais to Munising (H58) was only paved a few years ago, and until then was just dirt and sand roads for the most part, winding its way around and along the coast. Now that it is paved, the traveling is much easier, but there are still many things to see along the way.
|Group Picture at the Grand Sable Falls.|
The first stop along the way was the Grand Sable Falls. If you can tackle the two-hundred stairs and ferocious mosquitoes, this is a very pretty waterfall. Don't want to tackle that many stairs? There are several landing points along the way and you can see the falls (although not the best view) from halfways down. Even grandma joined us for this hike.
|Grand Sable Falls|
|Grand Sable Falls|
|Close up of Grand Sable Falls|
Along a different fork in the trail to Grand Sable Falls was the trail to the Grand Sable Dunes. I can't recommend enough going back to this area. It is gorgeous. Later in the trip we'll visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, which is also quite spectacular, but this one is a short hike and well worth taking a look at. You can see for miles around and it offers a great view of some lakes, more sand dunes, and Lake Superior. Mom hiked up with me and it was definitely our workout for the day.
|The forests in the U.P. are beautiful, full of ferns and wildflowers.|
|A Bridge on the path to Grand Sable Dunes....and Mom.|
|View from Grand Sable Dunes.|
|Panorama of the Grand Sable Dunes.|
|A view of Grand Sable Dunes from the lakeside.|
|What's left of a homestead at the Log Slide.|
|Old logging equipment.|
|A view of the dunes from the Log Slide.|
|Very steep and very tall, the dunes grow larger every year.|
|Lilacs were in full bloom in the Upper Peninsula and everywhere we went smelled wonderful as a result.|
|Miner's Castle rock formation along the Pictured Rocks Lake Shore.|
|Waterfall from the shoreline.|
|All the beautiful colors of Pictured Rocks.|
|A Painted Cave.|
|Look at that beautiful water!|
|Indian Head Rock, so named because of the profile "image" people see there.|
|Chapel Rock formation with tree growing on top. It's hard to see, but to the left are the tree's roots snaking out to get more sustenance from the mainland.|
|East Channel Lighthouse on Grand Island|
Hungry from all that sailing, we stopped at the Navigator for supper. With the exception of mom and her bad spaghetti, we all had a good meal here. I opted for the homemade meatballs over mashed potatoes (not homemade) and gravy. Grandma and Jan had the liver and onions, which they enjoyed with its generous portion of sauteed onions and a strip of bacon, and we all had a nice salad and corn with our meals. The food was definitely plentiful and one meal would have been enough for two people. Tired from a full day and a full stomach, we lodged that night at the cute but noisy Superior Motel & Suites.