... a journey without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Driving around Lake Michigan, part 2
In the morning, we followed the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive before driving back to Empire and then to Traverse City, Petosky, and MackinawCity.We did not visit MackinawIsland, but drove across the bridge to the Upper Peninsula.We stopped at several beaches along the north eastern side of Lake Michigan before we drove up to Munising.
We visited PicturedRocksNationalLakeShore in Munising, and hiked up to Miner’s Falls, Castle and Beach.You can also take a Lake Superior Cruise, with great views of the cliffs and shoreline.
Later on, we drove to SilverCity and PorcupineMountainsWildernessState Park.We grilled dinner at a picnic site on a hill overlooking Lake Superior while the boys played in a driftwood fort on the beach.
PorcupineMountains is a great place to explore.We hiked to Lake of the Clouds, climbing over the rocks, and walking through the woods.We also hiked to the SummitPeakObservationTower.At PresqueIsleFalls, we walked across the bridge to the island, then walked through the woods to Lake Superior.
From the PorcupineMountains, we made our way home. This was a great road trip for our family. It had frequent stops with fun things to do for younger children. If you live in the midwest, and are looking for something to do this summer, think about driving around Lake Michigan.