M & D Whitham and the Sawtooth Pyrenean Shepherds Circle the Big Lake

We started with the Tall Ship Fest in Duluth, then headed to the Upper Peninsula to hike in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, where one of our girls performed tricks and was a wonderful ambassador for our little French breed of Shepherd. We visited the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Shipwreck Museum. Then a side trip to visit a friend in Quebec who has cancer, and family in Ontario, then back to Sault Ste Marie via Parry Sound. We thought counterclockwise around the lake was fabulous. We were surprised at the number of little villages we drove through. We also passed numerous cottages along the lake shore. We had been a bit concerned about the availability of gas along the way, but it was never a problem. Pukaskwa National Park was hands down our favorite stop for two nights. We made the 10.5 mile round trip hike through the boreal forest to the suspension bridge. The Pyrenean Shepherds were coated in very black mud and tired from their fun hike. We have to go back there for more exploring. It was pouring rain in Thunder Bay, with more predicted. We only stayed one night. The weather held off long enough for all of us to enjoy hiking by the beautiful Kakabeka Falls before returning to the states. We’re super envious of all the XC Ski lodges and areas that we passed. Tettegouche State park was a lovely stop and then suddenly we were back in Duluth where we had started. From there the now very muddy Pyrenean Shepherds and we were due in Cheyenne Wyoming for a dog show.

Mark and Donna Whitham, Idaho Falls, ID