Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

So much can be said. But it’s late and we have to pack for NE Maine. What’s great about that is that I’ll easily be able to compare the two regions.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula vs. Maine’s Northeast Coast. Two of the greatest areas in the USA. I’ve been to both, but never only one week apart.

We took the girls with us, one 6 and the other 2, for 4 nights of camping on the Northern shore. Lake Superior. It’s wild up there to say the least. Not much cell service, dirt roads, and the biggest waves I’ve seen, outside of any ocean. Scary to the point where I wouldn’t dare go past my knees, especially off the 20-foot rocks where which I stand. The rocks are flat, so that helps to keep my balance, but I have no idea what lies beyond. Plus, the waves would surely throw me around and my family is watching, so that’s not something they need to see. But, I need a bath and it’s crystal blue water that rivals any caribbean waters.

The North Country Trail works its way through the National Lakeshore like a snake, hugging the shore. Every way you turn, another epic view, sick trail, or gushing waterfall. We did what we could with our young partners, both giving their all and having a blast. During a quiet moment Evelyn, leaning on a tree, caught me looking at her. “I just love camping” she said. “Evi, this is why we moved up here. Enjoy it.”

We saw a bear. Up close and personal. Maybe you’ve seen one? We had never and it was awesome. It ran across the road like a deer, only giant. We pulled up to the spot where it crossed to find it standing there, looking right at us from about 10 feet away. After about 6-8 seconds, it got back down on all 4’s, and galloped down a path off into the distance. We’ll never forget. Then, hours later 2 bald eagles hanging out in a tree. No big deal.

Do you want to read for the next 20 minutes, or should I just post the photographs? We do indeed live in a visual world, and I do take a lot of photos, so I’ll spare you.

This was our world for 4 days. With two kids, a tent, and all our own food. We didn’t buy anything except tickets for a boat tour. A tour with 5-6 foot waves.
Finally, I know the tendency is to scroll super-fast through the images. We look at hundreds of photos every day, however, try to take your time and look at each image. You can really get a sense of how unique Michigan’s UP really is. Plus, you’ll see Annie photobomb a couple, Evi getting scolded (look at Annie’s face), and some all around bad-ass shit.

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