Schlepping along! Sunday, 7/10/11

We're schlepping along Lake Superior on our way west.  If a person wanted to travel and stop along the entire shoreline, it would take a couple of lifetimes, the lake is that big.  On this trip, Jimmy and I have been privileged to spend time near four of the Great Lakes (Ontario, Huron, Michigan and now Superior). The water is cold and crystal clear, really, clear like you could drink it, especially Lake Superior.  We've watched the amazing change of water color from eye-catching aquamarine to liquid pewter in a of minutes, as clouds obscure the sun.  But seldom does it work the other way.  Fascinating to observe.

So, we're in L'Anse, Michigan for the night, at L'Anse Township Park, a hidden gem at the end of Keweenaw Bay.  Our site overlooks the water and we can see the beginning of Keweenaw Peninsula across the water.  This, of course, is one of the many bays on Lake Superior.  (L'Anse means "cove" in French.)  We passed a sign for Canyon Falls on our way to the c/g, and once settled in, we returned to explore.

A golden yellow and very pretty.

A scenic one-mile trail leads along the Sturgeon River to a series of rapids and small waterfalls before reaching Canyon Falls. Further down, the river is called the "Grand Canyon of the UP."  The flat rock, layer upon layer, was striking.

Why is the Sturgeon River this strange shade of rusty-brown? I can't find any info on it.

The river slides nearly 30' over a large chute of smooth black rock into a box canyon. The falls itself is an impressive 15-foot drop (approx), colorful and noisy!

Peering into the box canyon.

Both of us hiked down to the water level.  The canyon was beautiful.

From the falls, we drove up to Baraga, across Keweenaw Bay from from L'Anse.  With binocs, we could spot our campground, just barely and only because we knew where to look.  We wanted to take a gander at Sand Point Lighthouse.  Not too impressive and not open to visitors.  On the short drive there, we saw unleaded gas priced at $1.92/gal.  Too bad we didn't need a fill-up!

Aw heck, we still had lots of daylight left, and our host at the campground mentioned Lakeshore Drive as being bike-friendly (as in fairly level), so we hopped on our bikes and made for "downtown" L'Anse, with lake views all the way.  It was a quick, Sunday afternoon pedal, maybe five miles altogether, and nothing much was going on, so we "went home."

Spotted Mom'n'm offshore.  Lots of kids!

A light rain fell at dusk, and as the sun set over Keweenaw Peninsula, this was our view from Tergel's big ol' windshield.  My picture window!  Just one night at this very nice c/g (w/ electric hookup) and we move on west tomorrow.  Nice place to visit.


  1. Could it be the river color comes from tannins?

    1. We think it may be more iron-related, but we're not sure. Hard to find any other info on it.

  2. tannins from the trees getting in the rivers is very common in northern Wisconsin and the UP, most likely the cause.


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