|I still prefer to avoid the grate in the middle, used to reduce weight and allow rain and snow to fall through.|
Along the water I see black smoke ahead. Bill notices first that it's a swarm of bugs, not smoke! Fortunately once we're past them we see no others. We've been warned and are crossing our fingers we avoid the biting black flies during our visit.
|Wonderfully different from our crowded KOA at the last stop.|
Silent Night Campsites (on St Nicholas Ave) is four level sites along the street in a residential area two blocks from the lake. Just enough trees to block our satellite. 30 amp FHUs. The sites are on solid road base so we're not worried about the continuing rain.
|I agree with the frowning wiper.|
|A very sweet spot.|
Saturday night is blessedly quiet and dark and free of campfire smoke. The rain stops about 10 PM, at sundown :-) Sunday morning we wake to bright blue, and very cold skies.
|Hooray for masks for an added layer!|
|Tessa uses one of the empty seats to cuddle with Bill and her blankie.|
Most of the photos on the website are taken on sunset cruises, so during the afternoon we don't see the gold of the sandstone as vividly. It's hardly disappointing though, as the natural beauty, variety and uniqueness of these cliffs is incredible! Again, I take a lot of photos of highlights I want to remember here.
|Heading into the wind and current, these kayakers are working a lot harder for their close-up views.|
|Bridal Veil Falls is not at a reduced flow due to a drought, but because of a large beaver dam built upstream that the park has left in its natural state.|
|The cliffs serve as rookeries for gulls and Cormorants in the late Spring.|
|Arches are always dramatic, and this one over the water is especially so. Called Lovers' Leap, that jump is a very bad idea as the water below is only 2.5 feet deep.|
|When the water is high, these sea caves suck in the water and shoot it out like a canyon!|
|Many of the points look like ships on the water. While I'm expecting the different color in the cliffs, the water color is a lovely surprise.|
|This white pillar of calcium resembles an abandoned lighthouse.|
|Rainbow Cave. Ground water drips year-round from the ceiling, making rain and icicles depending on the temperature.|
|Indian Head Rock. I struggle to see it - the tree at top is his headdress, and the rough rocks below that his forehead.|
|Battle Ships lined up and entering the lake.|
|If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Chapel Rock. Not only beautiful, but a testament to Mother Nature's adaptability.|
|The tree on top of the formation survives by keeping its roots attached to the cliffs behind it.|
|Turning around for our return to port, I'm reminded we're on the largest body of fresh water in the world.|
|The cliffs will continue to change their look for centuries.|
|Nearly full when we headed out, on the return most have opted for the warmth of the interior deck.|
|East Channel Lighthouse, built in 1867, on the southeast side of Grand Island. On Munising Bay, we pass it in both directions. |
|Sunday we waved at the people standing above Miner's Castle. Monday we look down on the same spot.|
|The water is very shallow here.|
|One of those quirky little spots you remember for a long time.|
|US Coast Guard Light Station at Grand Marais.|
|We see these beauties on our way out of the village, and pass 10 of them on our way back to Munising.|
|Grand Sable Lake - one of several inland lakes in the area.|
We take several side roads to check out the campgrounds along the shore. Some of the routes pass through dense, magical forests. I can see why this area is so popular during the heat of summer with lots of water and lots of shade!