Travel Midwest: Miner’s Castle
This past summer we took our big trip and loved seeing all the new sites and cities—it was truly amazing! As we were on the way home, though, Derek and I agreed that there are certain things about the Midwest that you just don’t find while traveling the rest of the country. (We’ve been to the east coast—I have many times and Derek once—and we’ve been down south multiple times, too.) Admittedly, a lot of the Midwest is about small towns and farming; but, right in the middle of it all are the Great Lakes. Derek was more specifically aware of this than I was at the time, but we really are so used to being around the water, or at least within easy access to it, that it felt strange while we were traveling to be so far from it until we reached the Pacific Ocean. (Obviously there’s water along the way, just not quite the same.)
We like to take road trips so we have been to a lot of random, or randomish, places in the Midwest but we now realize how fortunate we are and want to consciously make the most of it.
Derek had the week of Thanksgiving off from work so we decided to rent a cabin. We debated several locations but decided go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to a little place not far from Lake Au Train.
We stayed for two full days and the first day we took about five hours to check out what was around the area. First, we drove to Munising to see what the town was like and possibly pick up a couple of last minute groceries.
You know that the second Paul saw a park he yelled out asking to go. We were happy to oblige and all had fun. The weather was great and there was even a first grade class there for the first half hour or so.
The real “goal” of our outing (we were really pretty low key about the whole thing) was to see Miners Falls, a waterfall off the Miners River as part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The walk itself was really pleasant. There was nothing difficult about the trail and, like usual, there was plenty of nature things for Paul to pick up and look at. He’s becoming quite skilled at identifying various things in the woods and has a lot of fun doing it.
The falls! It was really, really pretty.
And loud. Too loud for Izaak! It made him cry and so I took him back to the trail until Derek and Paul were finished checking it out.
The trail took us a little longer than we thought it would—not like we were moving fast—but we knew we’d have just enough time to check out Miners Castle before heading back to the cabin.
Izaak was thrilled to be able to crawl around so easily.
Isn’t that just so beautiful???
I was so clueless about what we were going to look at that I gasped when I looked and that was what I saw.
The water is perfectly clear and apparently you can usually see fish swimming. We didn’t that day, but I could imagine how that would be so great.
Before we lost the daytime light we wanted to see it from the other side and so got to see more of the lakeshore. Again, just so beautiful.
Paul posed this picture himself!
Even though we were only out for about five hours, we saw a lot of beautiful things, the boys got to run off some energy, and we got to just take our time enjoying it all.