The photos above are Miners Castle(before the right turret fell) and Pictured Rocks from Miners Beach The photos below are Miners Castle (before the right turret fell) via the Boat Tour and Indian Head via the Chapel Loop Hike
Our mission is to promote the Natural & Historical treasures of Michigan.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of the #1 hidden treasures of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The best way to first view the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is by taking the boat cruise. But you must then explore them up close & personal. The Chapel Loop ten mile hike is the most inclusive day trip that takes you by waterfalls, Lake Superior & its sandy beaches, magnificent cliff formations with spectacularcolors to rival any place else in the country. Before hiking please stop in at the Headquarters in Munising to get trail information.
The Lake Superior waters can be as beautiful as the Caribbean Sea or as menacing as the Bering Sea (well, almost). But it is this ever changing mood that keeps one coming back for more. Deep seeded primeval feeling surface when witnessing its deadly November gales.
The photos above are of Battleship Row via The Chapel Loop Hike The photos below are of Vermillion Point Life Saving Station in the Upper Peninsula now under the protection of Little Traverse Land Conservancywww.landtrust.org
You can feel the presence of the ghosts of the brave men and women who have sailed these seas or vowed to protect those who did -Life Savings Stations servicemen & Lighthouse keepers.They braved the elements to insure the safety of strangers and endured many a long lonely night. We take for granted the modern conveniences that were denied those earlier guards of the sea. Electricity-telephones- food/heat sources limited by the severity of Mother Nature.
We are surrounded by these beautiful history filled monuments to man’s kindness to man-the Lighthouses of Michigan. We don’t realize just what a privilege it is to be able to step back in time to catch a glimpse of what life was like for those brave souls.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those caring individuals who pushed beyond the bureaucratic red tape. Who snatched back in the nick of time wonderful pieces of Michiganheritage. In memory of Don & Nellie Ross for establishing the Crisp Point Light Historical Society. Here are photos of just a few of those iconic treasures that we have had the privilege to access.
The photos above are AuSable Point Lighthouse near Grand Marais & East Channel Lighthouse Munising Bay before renovations The photos below are Crisp Point Light near Paradise & East Channel Lighthouse Munising Bay after renovations
So next time you get the urge to explore… think about starting right here in your own backyard- Michigan!!
Here are a few good sources to help you plan your itinerary -
-“Michigan Lighthouses” by Laurie Penrose
- Headquarters for the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore-Munising, Michigan
-“Michigan’s Upper Peninsula” by Moon Travel Guide
-“A Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls” by Ruth Penrose -Seney National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center or to learn more about Seney National Wildlife Refuge go to www.fws.gov/midwest/seney/index.htm
All Photographs Copyrighted by Michael & Teresa McGill/McGills Nature in Motion-Unauthorized use prohibited