We began our trip at Pictured Rocks with a day of hiking and a late afternoon of kayaking at dusk on Kingston Lake. The next day we golfed in Brimley overlooking the lake and the “1,000 footers.” We camped in “The Soo” to the pleasant sounds of ship horns heading into and out of the locks. After a morning of more ship viewing and stocking up on provisions, we had to visit a local watering hole to watch our Packers play (the Lions) before our border crossing into Canada.
We camped at Lake Superior Provincial Park, unfortunately in the rain which was a sign of things to come, and spent some quality time in the visitors center which was very informative for kayaking purposes. While the weather was not good for kayaking on this trip the information will come in handy for shorter excursions in the future.
We caught a slight break in the weather during a short stop in Neys on our way to Rainbow Falls Park outside of Rossport. We also made a quick drive around Terrace Bay. The next day included a stop at Ouimet Canyon, bad weather but the views were splendid, on our way to Sleeping Giant for a two-night stay. No kayaking was to be had but short hikes and nice drives through the park produced some outstanding views overlooking Thunder Bay.
We headed back into Minnesota for some hiking and an oversight stay at Temperance River State Park. We also got in a round of golf at Superior National Golf Club at Lutsen under some clearing skies. Our next stop was Duluth with a short stop at Split Rock Lighthouse on the way. The weather cleared for our day in Duluth as we splurged for a hotel room for the night. We had a wonderful day on the water with clear skies and warmer temperatures.
Although the weather did not allow all the activities we had hoped for we still had a wonderful time experiencing all the sights and sounds of the “Great Lake.” We will certainly be back for more.
Bill Wyatt, Plant City, FL
Steve Wellens, De Pere, WI