Great Lakes 2005 – The 10th Day

Great Lakes 2005 – The 10th Day

This day turned out to be another perfect combination of the usual components of this trip.

First, a small lighthouse was on the agenda:

Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba.

Afterwards, I had to do some looking around a little before I found Quilts’n Stuff. The small map in my quilt shop directory doesn’t take into account that on most maps north would normally be “up”.

Sand Point Lighthouse

The owner of Quilts’n Stuff told me that a few modern flower quilts would be on show in Escanaba’s Community College. Since the driving directions didn’t sound too complicated, I made spontaneous decision to go see some quilts! And the small detour paid off once more. Debra M. Danko’s quilts are simply unbelievable! Please read the interview Debra was kind enough to give us and see a few pictures of her stunning works in the People section in our Meeting Point. 

Because I wanted to get as far as the southern shore of Lake Superior, I had to ignore a lot of very appealing landscape. The next stop worth mentioning was Manistique which attracted me with  very interesting lakeshore scenery and a small lighthouse.

Manistee Lighthouse

There are almost two miles of boardwalk at the lakeshore and from time to time, you will find notice-boards with interesting information. What surprised me most was the fact that in that area, sawdust from previous centuries is often washed ashore. The wood industry here has always played an important role and the resulting sawdust was conveniently dumped into the lake. Whether there is any impact on the lake’s eco system was not mentioned. I was astonished that the sawdust hadn’t decomposed long ago, but I am really no expert on sawdust... ;-)

Manistee lakeshore

And now I had to pay a temporary farewell to Lake Michigan. From Manistique, I drove north through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan state to the southern shore of Lake Superior. My destination was Munising which approximately marks the eastern third of the southern shore of the largest of the Great Lakes.

My progress was a lot faster than I had anticipated that morning. Therefore, I had so much of the day left after moving into my motel room that I fired up the engine once more to visit the western part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Lake Superior

Pictures like the one here, showing the famous rock formation “Mariner’s Castle” you can find in every travel guide for this area.

Mariner's Castle

It is limestone which had been slowly eroded by water and wind. A series of pictures at the lookout shows how the rock has changed over the millennia. The red you can see close to the water level is from the iron ore which can be found in the Lake Superior area. For many, many years, the mining of iron ore was one of the major industries here.

The deep turquoise of the water I found quite unfair. Unfair because it really makes you want to jump right in. But the lake is much too cold to swim in, at least in June. Whether Lake Superior is ever warm enough to swim without major technical gadgets (in other words, a neoprene suit), quite honestly I doubt it...

Lake Superior

After so many sights seen and so many miles driven, I was after all tired and went back to the motel.


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