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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.