My Solo Adventure around Mother Superior

A first solo adventure! I drove from Marquette, MI clockwise around Lake Superior, having returned a few days ago. I live a few blocks from the Lake here and I thought it was high time I saw it from other vantage points. This trip did not disappoint. I stopped in Ashland, Wisconsin at the Black Cat Cafe for a quick breakfast and made my first overnight at Cascade River State Park in Minnesota. I made numerous stops along the way. The North Shore is beautiful! The next day I hiked the Onion River and then met a friend for fish & chips in Grand Marais. My next night was at the beautiful Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Happy sounds of families surrounded me. In the morning I hiked the Kabeyun trail to Tee Harbor, had a quick lunch and packed up again. Next stop was Neys Provincial Park. (The sights along the way were breath-taking.) I have to admit that Neys was my favorite campground. I was on the lake shore this time, rather than in the woods, and the wind was howling. This was the coldest night for sleeping, but I was prepared. The sunrise in the morning was foggy and gorgeous. In the morning I hiked the Dune Trail. This trail was a joy. I took my time and meandered in awe of the place. They provided a booklet that directs you to stops along the way, indicating the flora and the history of how this area came to be the way it is now. I made my final night of camping at Lake Superior Provincial Park’s Agawa Bay Campground. After Neys it was a bit of a shock how large the campground was. It was a busy weekend there and despite all the people, it was a quiet night. My favorite moments were sitting on the agate beach in the morning for the sunrise. Priceless! My return to the US and my home state, took me to Whitefish Bay, Whitefish Point and an attempt at checking out Tahquamenon Falls (the parking lots were too full to enter). I plan to return back to the falls later in the year. Earlier this spring I spent some time at the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore, in May I was in the Keweenaw and I camped for 4 days on Isle Royale. Two weeks ago also spent time on the beach in Ontonagon, MI. I think it’s safe to say that after this trip I have ‘stitched together’ a full circle around the lake!

Jane Cisluycis, Marquette, MI