Lake Superior Circle Tour – Bucket List, check!

We traveled clockwise around the Big Lake; starting in Ironwood, MI at Little Girls Point. The lake water here was extremely dark red mud stained due to recent heavy rains and there was no swimming because of e-coli concerns. Our first night was spent in Bayfield, WI which was beautiful as always. We passed through Duluth/Superior without stopping if an effort to experience Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse (time well spent). Our second overnight was quaint in Grand Marais, Minnesota. In Thunder Bay, the Kakabeka Falls is a must see. Traveling east out of Thunder Bay we took time to visit the Amethyst Mine Panorama and scored some very nice rock specimens. Beware however, the road back into the mine is very rustic and rugged seven miles in. We had originally planned our third overnight to be in Nipigon only to discover nothing decent for accommodations. After pushing through to Terrace Bay we were even more disappointed to find very few accommodations available but had no choice and had to settle on a closet sized room for the night. Dinner consisted of all you can eat ribs (or all you can choke down)! Traveling through the woods to White River had us hoping to find a cute little Winnie-the-Pooh collectible for our soon to be first grandchild. Surprised to find the Pooh Museum was closed; only open by appointment? Nothing but a very big goose to see in Wawa so we continued on. In the Lake Superior Provincial Park Old Woman Bay, Katherine Cove and the pictographs at Agawa Rock we’re all awesome sites to visit; especially the pictographs! Our overnight in Pancake Bay campground was well worth the price of admission. Beautiful beach sites, very clean and nice shower facilities. Back in the US and over to the shore in Grand Marais (beautiful rocky), we drove the scenic H-58 over to Munising; awesome drive! In Munising we experienced the Pictured Rocks Cruise which was a fantastic, just over two hours of relaxing sightseeing. Our overnight in Marquette was uneventful as we did not take time to really explore. Heading west out of Marquette we made a pit stop to tour the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard  Hall of Fame. This is a must see if you are a skiing enthusiast. We had a fresh, hot pasty at Lawry’s Pasty Shop on Highway 41 (best in the UP, eh!). We enjoyed the lakeside view in downtown Ontonagon. Our final night was spent in Silver City at the Mountain View Lodges. Fantastic lakeside cabins, very clean, with unbeatable view and rock picking. Just wish we had more time to explore the Porcupine Mountains (next time). Back to Ironwood to complete our Circle Tour at the magnificent Copper Peak! All in all, seven days and six nights the provided us a lifetime of memories! Loved it!

Jahn and Tracey Sandman, Wausau, WI