LAKE SUPERIOR SHORELINE
Yesterday was a long travel day. We prefer to only drive about 4 hours at a time but decided we would go the whole 9 yards. Up at 6 AM, we were on the road by 7:30. Destination Ontonagon Township Park in Ontonagon, Michigan. The park is a first come, first in campground. No reservations accepted. With that in mind, an afternoon arrival of 1 PM, & knowing there were only 26 waterfront sites, less if you figure in the size we’d need for the Suite Pea, we knew for sure we would miss out on that much sought after Lake Superior site. But a chance meeting with a local at the bathhouse when we arrived leads us to a just vacated big rig sized lot right on the shores of Gitchee Gumee. We have our own little beach area where we can watch the sunset over the water to the west. Aren’t we the lucky ones!
We did make one short stop on our way to Ontonagon. I had read about The Hilltop Restaurant & Bakery a few years back on Laurie & Odel’s travel blog. Of course, being foodies, I made a note of it just in case Don & I should ever pass through L’Anse. Our route took us right by it. The Hilltop is renown for their 1 pound cinnamon rolls. Don loves cinnamon rolls. I bought 2 for todays breakfast. Let me tell you, one is enough for 2 people to share. I can also vouch for how delicious they are. ( They even make dog biscuits in their bakery & Tucker gives them 2 paws up.)
Gotta love dem crazy Yoopers! Brenda, the local gal I met earlier, is camped next to us. She’s chest high out in the lake & yells to us, “Come on in. The water’s warm today.” Don & I take her at her word. We run into the water. We immediately high tailed it out. We don’t know what Brenda’s been smokin’ but it must be some really good stuff. We do enjoy a nice sunset sitting by the shore to top off our day.
Up early. Pack a lunch. Grab the Deep Woods bug spray & camera. We’re headed to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Our goal is to see Lake of the Clouds. Don has been wanting to visit for years. I had been here as a teen & remembered this deep blue lake in the mountaintops. We both felt a little let down. It is a pretty scene but the cloudy overcast sky reflected upon the lake caused it to look dull & gray. The still, unblemished lake is situated in a valley between 2 ridges. It is fed from the east by the Carp River & empties into Lake Superior at the west end. The lake is 1 mile long but only 15′ deep. Lake of the Clouds is considered to be the gem of the Porkies.
LAKE OF THE CLOUDS
We beg to differ. I noticed on our hikers map that Presque Isle River ran through a portion of the park. I had never seen it but understood it to be a picturesque river. Picturesque is an understatement! This wild, raging, river with its ragged rocky outcroppings & waterfalls took our breaths away. Our photos cannot do justice to all its primitive beauty. Don & I unanimously agree that the Falls of the Presque Isle River in all their savage & pristine glory are far more beautiful than the much touted Upper & Lower Tahquamenon Falls.
We spent most of the day hiking from waterfall to waterfall, there are 3 to be seen on this trail, & crossing a suspension bridge with the roaring river below. The East & West River Trail is a moderate 2.5 mile hike, through old growth forests along the craggy sides of the Presque Isle River. The trail crosses over the river in 2 spots & offers stunning views of the rapids & falls.
With sweaty brows & aching knees (& tired paws too), we made our way back to the truck. Once in, we drove to a little roadside park situated on the shores of Lake Superior & devoured our late lunch (& kibble.) Having spent some time resting & Tucker having cooled his tired puppy paws in the water, we headed home to the Suite Pea. Oh! What a beautiful day!
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………………..