Trip to the Porkies
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We left the house about 6 in the morning, heading north. About an hour and a quater later we
stopped in St. Ignace, just across the bridge, for breakfast. Our next stop was just west of
Baraga, at a road side park. There we checked out our first water fall, a unnamed falls on the
We could have stopped
at many more falls, but those, we will save them for other trips. Got to Silver City, just
outside the park at a quarter past 2, where we ate a late lunch. About 3pm, we arrived at
the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, at the Union Bay campground, checked in and
set up camp. Then took a short drive to the escarpment, overlooking the lake of the clouds.
Afterwards we had supper in camp. Here are a few views of the Lake Superior shore line, at
The drive up was a typical Michigan summer drive, through 100 plus miles of road construction,
little more than 1/4 the way. The traffic was very light, and the drive enjoyable.
Slept great, got up late. Anyway, we took off to see the water falls in the park. The day was
very warm, humid and buggy. Just off the South Boundry Road we stopped to see Overlook Falls and
Greenstone Falls on the Little Carp River.
The walk to these falls was not the modern walk, but the trail was marked. At times there were
planks over the mucky springs along the river, the rest was typical of the north woods, rocky and
Then, we were off to the Presque Isle River, at the west end of the park. There we took a good
look at Manido, Manabezho and the unnamed falls.
We also crossed the suspension bridge to the island, at the mouth of the presque isle for a look
at Lake Superior. Da Boys thought it was all great fun, and I am now afraid that the "camping"
word will not be mentioned at home, now, for they will go crazy thinking it is time to go again.
When we got back to camp all the boys did was sleep. It rained a bit that evening, though it did
not spoil the day.
Our next venture was to the Black River, so we left the park to see the water falls there. The first
stop was the Great Conglomerate Falls, which was a 3/4 of a mile in, all down hill.
After photographing that one, we then saw a sign saying only a half mile to the next two falls.
Like dummies we fell for it. so off we went. hmmm as the crow flies, a half mile maybe. to the
Potawatomi and Gorge Falls. The stairs at Gorge Falls was closed for repairs, but, after that
walk I thought I was owed a look. So I climbed the barricade and shot that one.
The funny one on us, was we discovered we could have driven to these falls and walked in a
hundred feet. oh crap! So we decided, to walk out to the road to get back to the van instead
of retracing our treck back to the start. It was a short walk out to the road, but da boys
being very tired, I left the shelley to watch da boys as I walked back to get the van. on the
way, I found a fawn, it was new this year, hiding long side the road. When mom leaves they lay
down and still till she gets back. I really wanted to stoke it but did not, just took the photos.
Tis the second one ever I have found and it really made my day.
This day was very hot and humid, though we had some breeze as a large storm center was on it's way.
On the way back to camp, we stopped off an had ice cream in Bessemer. When we got back we let
da boys play in the lake, it was a nice cool down for them, though at 40F or so, the water was a
bit too cold for us. That night the ranger came by and said to take down the screen tent as they
were expecting high winds. Well, all it did was rain and thunder, boy that thunder sure echoes
through the mountains.
We took off for some easy falls. First off was Bonanza Falls
then off to Bond Falls
and Agate Falls.
On the way back to the park, we got to see a 2 year old bear cub run across the road in front of
us. I never would have had a chance to stop and get out the camera, he was just hauling tail. drat.
I think they can run about 30 mph. Once back in the park we stopped off to see Union falls.
That night it cleared off and i was able to get out the 6" scope. We had a look at Jupiter before
I put it away, as the dew was so heavy that it felt like it had rained. As I was putting the scope
away, the northern lights showed thenselves, just a band of light, east to west (horizon to
horizon) curving to the south, sort of rain bow shape. I tried to photograph it but they did not
show, as I had some day time settings on the camera. :-(
The trip home was very nice. We did not stop except for fuel and breakfast.
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