Peace out, 30s!

Saturday was the last day of my 30s. I turned 40 on Sunday. Instead of hanging out in my box filled disaster of an apartment all day, I decided I wanted to do something memorable. I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go or what to do so I tweeted out, “Trying to decide if I want to head north or south. Maybe I’ll flip a coin.” Someone replied, “Heads.” After clarifying that heads was north, I jumped in my car and went north. I love spontaneous road trips.

Peace out, 30s!

I knew right away that I wanted to see Lake Superior. My first thought was to head to Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette, MI. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from my apartment. I figured from there that I’d swing over to my rez then circle back down back to home. About 45 minutes into my trip, I changed my mind and decided to go to Pictured Rocks in Munising, MI, instead. I always wanted to go there and it wasn’t that much further than Sugarloaf Mountain.

I was really surprised at how gorgeous the colors were in the northern part of the UP compared to what I drive through every day. Any picture I took doesn’t do the beauty justice.

Near Munising, MI

It took me nearly 3 hours to get the lakeshore. I was so excited that I nearly ran down the path to the look-out point at Miners Castle. It was so amazing. I grew up on Lake Superior and I didn’t know it was that gorgeous green anywhere.

Miners Castle

I love my Lake Superior

After taking in the beauty at Miners Castle, I jumped in the car and drove to Miners Beach. There is a hiking trail between the two but I wore the wrong shoes. Hiking through the woods in sandals is hardly ideal.

The path leading to the beach from the parking area is about mid-point of the beach. I kicked off my shoes and walked along to water to one wall then turned around and walked back to the other.

Walk along the water

Pictured Rocks at Miners Beach

Tiny water fall off the rocks.

Standing on Pictured Rocks

I was at the beach for nearly 2 hours just walking around, playing in the water and sand. I found it so unusual that the sand on the beach had 4 different textures. It was so different from any other beach I’ve been to. When you’re there, you can actually see the difference… lake sand, mid-beach sand, rocky sand and river bed sand. Crazy.

My walk to the other end of the beach

Overheated at the beach selfie! (I *can* smile in a pic)

I probably could have stayed at the beach until sunset if I was thinking ahead and wore something other than jeans & a tee. But since I didn’t and I was dying in the sun, I jumped in the car and head to my last stop at Miner Falls. It was about a 1 mile hike from my car to the falls. Like I mentioned earlier, totally the wrong shoes for hiking but it was so worth it.

Miners Falls

I had to stop myself from crying more than once throughout the day. What a great way to wrap up my 30s and say goodbye to a really hard, soul-searching filled summer.

Perfection.

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2 Responses to Peace out, 30s!

  1. Kim says:

    Happy Belated-Birthday, Kit-Kat! You and I are one year and one day apart. I turned 41 on Saturday. lol Fantastic photos and Miners Castle looks like a pretty amazing place to visit in person! That water, wow.

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