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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Desolate Hike along Lake Superior shoreline and Montreal River: Part One

*Note: I was gone for two days and blogger was SUPPOSED to publish THIS post before the next one on my blog. I just got home and wanted to publish this now, due to their error. Please read this first and then the blogpost under this one next. Sorry for the inconvenience!

About a month ago, we went on a beautiful hike to explore a desolate part of the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. of Michigan with my brother and his wife and two dear friends.

It was a tough hike for me, as it was about 5 miles, but it was worth every sore muscle.

We actually took a short stop first to walk out the the very most northernmost point of Michigan, at the tip of the Keweenaw peninsula. Please take a minute to click on this link
to see where this is on the U.S.A. map, because it really is an incredible geographical site.

Across from the tip of this peninsula is Canada (on the other side of Lake Superior).

The second hike we took is not developed yet. It has been purchased by the State of Michigan to be preserved, but the state has not put in a good path yet.

The hike goes through desolate forest with roots and hills and rock cliffs and ends where the Montreal River dumps into Lake Superior in a beautiful waterfall.

On our hike, we actually went above that set of falls to another set of falls on the same river.

I thought I was taking FAR too many pictures during the hike, but now that I am back and have recouperated, I wish I would have taken even more photos.

So, with no further delays, here is Part One of my two part series on this wonderful hike:

This was taken during our first "short" hike at the very tip of the peninsula. Across and a little to the left of the look out point at the tip is a lighthouse wayyyy in the distance. I had to beg my zoom to capture it, and it did...hazy of course, because of the distance, but still pretty:

Then, we were off to our second, longest hike after a bumpy ride in my brother's truck to the start of the hike.

This is a shot of the shoreline as we began the hike:

A shot of the many points where we hiked through "the enchanted forests" of cedar trees along the Lake Superior shoreline during the hike:

We hiked along the shore where there were cliffs at many points, with wonderful, knotty trees and great shorelines:

You know my love for tree mushrooms!

Well, imagine my delight when we saw THIS tree with MANY mushrooms on it!:

One of the highlights of the hike...this wonderful rock where the Lake Superior waters ate away all around it and left it orphaned in the water:

More of the wonderful shoreline views of Lake Superior during the hike:

As we hiked away from the mainland, you had wonderful views in back of you too;

When I didn't know if I could hike any more, we reached the falls!

This is the Montreal River dumping its waters into Lake Superior:

Stay tuned for PART TWO tomorrow, as there are plenty more pictures of the beautiful hike that we took...where we climbed up higher to the 2nd set of falls and then came back down to hike home.

Oh, and yes,.....I did need a whole bunch of Aleve after that day...but like I said, it was SO worth it!!


Joanie M said...

The rock in the water with the tree growing out of it is probably my favorite in this series.

I just love your photos!

lotusleaf said...

What a wonderful hike! I feel as though I was a part of it. Thanks for the lovely photos. I especially liked the one where the rock is eroded by the water.

Bernie said...

Great photo's my friend, the enchanted forest was beautiful, love these.
Will be away a few days, will catch up with you on Tuesday, have a great weekend, luv ya.....:-) Hugs

Loree said...

Wow. Nice photos. I am soo jealous. This looks like my type of hike. My husband and I once went hiking in Sundance, UT and we went up a mountain to a waterfall. It was gorgeous.

Alan Burnett said...

It doesn't matter which way around they are or should be - they are still wonderful pictures.

Elcmae said...

Another set of wonderful photos. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you for sharing. Elcmae.
PS. Yes I am a follower.

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures, especially the lighthouse. You are lucky you get to travel!

A New England Life said...

What a beautiful place! It's like looking out to sea, the lake is so large. We don't have any lakes around here like that.

The shot of the huge jutting rock with the tree on it is awesome. Amazing what time does.

Gaston Studio said...

Always love your photo-stories, so am waiting with baited breath for part two.

Have never been to that part of the USA but have recently found an author, William Kent Krueger, that I love so much I've bought all of his previous books and been reading away daily. I'm not only fascinated with his main characters, but his descriptions of the UP and the reservations and their history. Wonderful reading!

Ginnymo said...

More awesome photos!! That tree with the mushrooms is so neat. I can almost see a little fairy coming out of that hole at the bottom..Ha!

rainfield61 said...

The view of trees on the rock is of super quality.

Brian Miller said...

i wanna go. the enchanted forest pic was my excited my imagination for the hike. i love to hike out among the trees and listen to their voices. great post as always...hope you have a great trip!

Wanda said...

Joan, your photos are always incredible, just like your views.

DJan said...

Lake Superior is so rugged. That one tree on the shore won't be around many more years, I suspect, as the soil is going away and more roots will be exposed. I love the trip, and I'll go and look at Part II now. Thanks for the always wonderful photos. You never can take too many...

L. D. Burgus said...

These photos are exceptional in quality. I really like the lighthouse and the forest scene. You live near the most beautiful lake scenes in the world.

The Retired One said...

Joanie: I loved that rock, was amazing to see.

Lotusleaf: that is my favorite too! It was my favorite part of the hike besides where the river flowed into the lake.

Bernie: Not to worry, catch up when you can...I haven't read blogs for 4 days again because we have been traveling, too.

Loree: Thanks! I would love to go and see Utah some day, too.

Alan: Thanks! We went on a couple other hikes over the last two days, too so I will be posting them soon.

Elcmae: Thanks so much for becoming a Follower..that is great!

ncgirl: I know..I watited all during my life and career to retire and travel..although these places are luckily close to home, so it doesn't cost too much to go out and hike to them.

New England: Yes, Lake Superior is so huge it is like an ocean when you look out on it.

Gaston: Haven't heard of Krueger, I will have to look into his books to see if they represent the U.P. as it really is!

Ginnymo: Yes, those tree mushrooms look enchanted, too...don't they?

Rainfield: Thanks so much!

Brian: was a wonderful trip out there hiking and I did some more over the last two days again. Stay tuned for more hike and forest pictures!

Wanda: What a sweet thing to say, thanks so much!

DJan: Just got back from another two days of hiking, so there will be more posts of them, not to worry!

L.D.: You are right..hard to take bad pictures of the scenery here of Lake Superior, for sure!

Ratty said...

I long tired hike is always satisfying in the end, no matter how painful it may seem at the time. You got some wonderful pictures. Just like you, I always wish I had more when I'm done.

The Retired One said...

Ratty: True enough. My sore muscles are hardly remembered now, but the hike's memories will last forever!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful photos! What a great hike! :)

ashley folkema said...

Wow, how beautiful! The views you had!

The Retired One said...

Far Side: Thanks so much! It was a fabulous hike, and one I will remember for the rest of my life.

Ashley: It was magical. I was tired, but it was like walking in an enchanted forest with the most gorgeous views of Lake Superior all the way along the hike.

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