Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Vacation Learning: Rocks: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore #4

Apple Pasties from Muldoon's in Munising

During the next 5 days of our trip we were camping at the Twelvemile Beach Campground. It is a first come, first serve popular destination.  We were there around eight in the morning to snatch a spot.  We were really lucky to get in the Thursday before Labor Day. 
The campground has no electricity, or any other hook up, and it is also located far from any stores.  Basically you bring what you can, and live with it.  

It does have an spectacular setting, right next to a beautiful beach, surrounded by trees. 
Here is a pictured of "our" beach. 

We explored the White Birch trail, a two mile self guided interpretive loop.  Throughout the hike, the kids loved finding the number markers. It got us ready for longer, and more strenuous hikes.

This was the view from the inside windows of our RV.  It seriously looked like a poster picture!

We drove to the end of the Park in Grand Marais and inch our way back to the campground taking several stops along the way.  Above, Sable Falls, and Sable Dunes. 

The dunes were a big hit with the kids.  They enjoyed running up and down, and hearing their echo coming back from the adjacent forest.  The views of the lake were gorgeous. 

We walked to the Au Sable Light Station.  Sadly it was closed when we arrived.  Nevertheless, we were lucky to see the rocky beach, and the remains of a shipwreck.

Here is one of those sunsets that made this place magical.  The kids were practicing skipping rocks. 

The next day we were going for an even longer hike.  We walked to The Hurricane Campground were the river meets Lake Superior  We packed a lunch and made it a day trip.   It was an almost 6 mile loop.  Our kids were troopers!

Hurricane River

The kids were working on a channel to connect the river and the lake.  It was hard work.  At the end, they decided that jumping over their channel was a lot more fun. 

This is what our children do when the vegetation gets thick around them.  Since Little Guy was hurt by poison oak earlier in the summer, we have learned our lesson.  We are a lot more careful regarding poison oak and poison ivy. Hence, the hands up to avoid touching and spreading dangerous oils. 

Here both kids were waiting for the sunset. 

The water is so clear, and fun to look for rocks.

The kids loved playing by the beach.  In fact we spent a whole day doing only that!

Here are two pictures of our lovely campsite.  We used this beach tent to let the kids play and gather their things outside the RV.  Since the RV is small, we use the outside as part of our living space. 

This is what the kids ended up playing with: pine needles, pine corns, feathers, and leaves. 


Don't be worry, we were not stinky dirty for almost a week.  We took "bsths" in the lake ;)

On our last day in the area, we inch our way back to Munising.   We went on a hike near Beaver Lake Campground.  

White Pine Trees

Our finale stop was Chapel Falls.  The road to get there was awful, but worth the views. 

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