|August 26th, 2008, 03:01 PM||#1|
UP Vacation Pics (warning lots of pics)
Got the chance to head up North for about a week and a half, took quite a few pics.. not a ton of Jeep shots but anyways. I didn't get to do much offroading as the gf kept getting scared.. [smilie=ballchain.gif] I really want to head back up another time with buddies and not be as restricted.
Loaded up and ready for our adventure
Note to self: Next time remember to choose your partners more carefully..
We brought our bikes to Mackinac Island which was a fun ride, no cars are allowed on the island, only bikes and horse carriages.
Taking a short break at "Arch Rock"
Ferry Ride back to our hotel was quite bumpy from the weather
Huge freighter near the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge
The next morning we drove up to Whitefish Point which is home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum which had some really neat exhibits.
Some old Fresnel lenses from lighthouses (Fresnel Lenses help focus light and are a much cheaper to produce than using severals full lenses)
The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter
Whitefish Point Lighthouse
After Whitefish Point we stopped at the very popular Tahquamenon Falls, which did't seem so popular at this point in the year.. Only a few other people there which was nice.
Our first 3 nights of camping we stayed at Lake Muskallonge State Park, pretty much deserted too but we had a wonderfull view of the lake.
We also went on a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the coast of Lake Superior, this was very nice and very pretty.
"Indian Head" rock
Another arch formation
This was really cool, if you look close you can see the roots of the tree spread accross the gap onto solid ground.. This tree has lived this way for years.
Feeding the seagulls
Very old lighthouse on Grand Island
From here we drove to the Keweenaw Peninsula and stayed at Fort McLain for a night. Located justh north of Houghton, MI
Right next to our campsite was a lighthouse..
Pier out to the lighthouse
Sara threw in a rock right as I was taking a picture
The next morning we woke up and heard an animal outside of our tent, I was admittably a bit scared that it may be a bear and I peeked outside and saw this beast that got into our food:
Soon her friend showed up and was not too happy about sharing the cornchips and we fed it a Ghrahm cracker
That morning we headed out to Copper Harbor, the north most town in the UP and drove the Brockway Mountain Drive.
View of Copper Harbor
On the way back we stopped at Eagle Harbor for a short while which is home to another lighthouse
Right outside of town was this waterfall
Stopped in Calument at "Copper City" for a short history of mining in the area, museum was really interesting
Some of you teachers may like this..
Some scary old manicans
|August 26th, 2008, 03:01 PM||#2|
Next stop was an old abandoned copper mine, made for some neat shots as I love old machinery and structures.
Old tag from a copper train
Old auger of some sort..
Old vehicle I'm assumed was used for underground use as it had a pressure gauge on the dash
Shot of my Jeep at the mine
One of our last stops in the UP was at Kitch-iti-Kipi alson know as "Big Spring" This place was remarkable, the water was a really cool turquiose color and crystal clear. You could view 45 feet straight down from the raft you propel yourself out on.
We did spot a moose, didn't get any good pictures of it as it ran as we pulled up near it..
Total distance traveled thus far was ~1900 miles
Last stop of the journey was at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA.. Quite a bit away from the UP and that was a LONG drive from Copper Harbor to PA but we had to make it for a wedding.. Me and other friend both attempted the Pub Challenger Burger. 2lbs of beef and TONS of toppings
Neither one of us were able to finish it, but theres always a next time!
|August 26th, 2008, 03:13 PM||#3|
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
wow, awesome pics
what kind of camera do you have?
Special Thanks and Recommendations to;
PAC Racing Springs
Joint Clutch and Gear
|August 26th, 2008, 09:14 PM||#11|
Home Sweet Homicide
Join Date: 04-17-06
Location: Bei City
I JUST (a couple hours ago) returned from a few day retreat in the UP also. Excellent pics! We went from Marquette to L'Anse by trail and then out to Copper Harbor. Fomr there we went out to the rocket launch. Too much story to tell without a hijack. I might post up pics in the next few days from our trip.
x2 on the camera.
I heard the same thing from others in our group. We had people from IL, CA, MN, WI and even a few from the Marquette area that had no idea the beauty near-by. All I can say is go to the UP and spend some time. You will be amazed and want to return. I know the wife and I want to (we were there last Summer too).
|August 26th, 2008, 09:32 PM||#13|
Join Date: 06-23-08
Location: Mad Hts MI
Excellent photos... The Pictured rock with the tree is called Chapel Rock and the waterfall is Bridal Veil falls, you picked a great time it's usually only running in the spring and after a good rain. It was just a trickle when we went.
|August 26th, 2008, 09:39 PM||#14|
Join Date: 11-09-05
Location: LaPorte, IN
'08 JKU Rubicon.....mall crawlin' and baby haulin'
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|August 27th, 2008, 09:05 AM||#20|
Join Date: 11-03-05
Location: OC - MI
What a difference seeing photos that were well taken from good equipment. I wish I could get pictures to turn out like that. Thanks for sharing!.
Any other info on Kitch-iti-Kipi alson? Never heard of it, but I'm intrigued. Google search goes back to this post.