|2 signs, 4 cones, stop light, dropping arm, flag - they want you to stop HERE!|
Just a lay-over stop of two nights, I'm not expecting to see much except a thunder storm. We're at the very north edge of the storm that flooded and closed Yellowstone a couple days ago - wow those pictures of the devastation are horrible! Such an unhappy experience for all those campers who had to evacuate, and those stranded in Gardiner.
|A couple sites have large puddles, so with storms expected I'm glad we are able to get one that's high and dry.|
Baraga sits on the south end of L'Anse Bay, with a population of 2000. After our 50 degree Sunday, this 80 degree Tuesday is a bit weird.
|Historic Downtown Houghton|
|Bill finds the Ambassador Restaurant - a beautiful old world setting with delicious food.|
|Nice views of the water and the Portage Canal Lift Bridge.|
After lunch we continue north along the bay just to see what there is to see. Lots of vintage homes showing signs of wear and age. Pretty Linden Lake, and a couple villages getting ready for summer. Still no storm, although it's cloudy and squinty and thunder heads are building to the southwest.
|Built in 1878 with no other information at the site. Sadly dog walkers don't pick up after their pets here so it's not a pleasant walk around.|
|Protected area surrounding the lighthouse.|
With much less gusto than anticipated, the rain arrives about 5:00. After a short time it becomes clear that we chose our site wisely....
|Our site is still dry - whew!|
Although we're under tornado watch overnight, the rain moves on by 11:00 and all is calm. In the morning the trees are dancing in the brisk wind. I call ahead to be sure we can check-in early at the end of our short drive of 42 miles (in hindsight I'm not sure why I stopped us in Baraga for two nights). We're welcome to arrive anytime, so we pack up and head out, hoping to beat the high winds expected in the afternoon.
|We never get neighbors on this side so it's a spacious spot.|
|This is half the town.|
|Maybe when we get tired of the road.|
|Ontonagon Harbor Lighthouse, the second station built on this site in 1866 for $14K. Retired in 1964, a massive restoration was done in 2009 for $100k. It is currently maintained by the local historical society.|
Porcupine Wilderness SP is the destination here, and I'm looking forward to spending Friday exploring. I wake up with lots of itching bites, recognizing that the mosquitos have caught up with us, or us with them, although they haven't been very visible. Bill is fortunate that they don't effect him, while they find me irresistible :-(
|A very nice walkway to the lookout.|
|Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains - stunning!|
|On this clear day you can see forever!|
|Having mentioned to Bill that there are a lot of elderly people here, I can't help but laugh when I see this at a local restaurant. Gotta take care of your peeps!|
|Beginning in Mobile, AL, and traveling 1298 miles through seven states, Hwy 45 ends in this little town on the UP.|
|The original courthouse was built in 1886, then rebuilt with most of the same bricks when a fire destroyed the town in 1896.|
|Dunes line the lake's edge at the county park (70 water/electric campsites).|
|Several miles of accessible beach just outside the little town.|
Saturday we take a short drive, through more forest, to Lake Gogebec. In the two-block village of Bergland, only one small park has access to the water, the rest of the shoreline is part of privately owned land. It's the largest inland lake in the UP so I'm sure there's more access further south, but after a mediocre lunch at Antonio's, we return home.
|Our youngest grand, Oliver is already six months old!|
|Almost two years old (!), Elliott just got his first hair cut. Still lots of pretty curls.|