At the Porcupine Mountains, we camped at the Presque Isle campground, and did our hiking and sightseeing along the Presque Isle river close by. Since it rained heavily during the night and we'd failed to adequately secure our gear, instead of hiking in the morning we had to go off and find a laundromat. The thunder and lightning in the night were worth it, though--it must have been quite a night out on the lake.
The trail along the west side of the river was well-engineered to handle the crowds who must come on summer weekends. It wasn't bad when we were there mid-week, though the campground was full--we got one of 2 open sites.
The river is largely about waterfalls, most of which we Westerners would call "rapids," or at most "cascades."
|I think these were Manabezho Falls.|
|Same falls I think.|
|This one, Manido Falls, was the only one I'd really call a waterfall, with a vertical drop of 10 or 12 feet.|
|At the mouth. Might be out to sea, but it's Lake Superior, which might well be a sea, though not a salt one.|
|The cake looks good, but hasn't much flavor.|
|Yes, we will set up and fix a meal pretty much anywhere.|
The sun came out on the shore by the time we got there. We weren't the only ones to appreciate it.
|Apparently the monarchs migrate through the Park.|
|Everyone has to stop and look at the Miner's Castle. Saw some kayaks; that seems like the way to go.|
|Managed to find a patch of empty trail, but this was a popular hike, despite the length.|
|Someday I suppose the tree will fall over, and the rock will be the less interesting for the loss.|
It was a warm, humid day, and the water was inviting. So even though the beach was well-used, we walked a little away from the crowds and stripped to our undies for a swim. Hope we didn't shock anyone too much.
|Partly wanted to cool off, and partly just wanted to have swum in one of the Great Lakes.|
There was definitely a lot more we could have done in either of these two parks, and maybe someday we'll be back. If not, at least we got to see that much!
Next week: Algonquin Provencial Park, Ontario.
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