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August 17, 2020


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Decided to hike a trail at Van Riper to blow the stink off of everyone, so we crossed over the highway and found one side of the trail underwater and decided to take the other side of the trail. It started off as the Main Trail, then the River Trail, and then the Overlook Trail and when mosquitoes threatened to carry us off, we turned around and somehow ended up on the Old Wagon Trail. We noticed some large interesting plants and then noticed orange tape with a warning sign saying "Beware of Cow Parsnip". Ok...good warning so single file for rest of trip until we came upon the underwater section of trail we had previously avoided. We promised ourselves dry socks and shoes when we got back to the van and plunged into 3-4 inches of muck. The dogs were happy, the mosquitoes frustrated, and a quick dip in the lake washed off most of the sweat and mud.

Got cleaned up and drove into Houghton/Hancock and into McLain State Park to drop off kayaks. We could not find the electric hookup for the site even though we paid for it, but decided the day was too nice to lose to inconvenience. Back into Houghton for a beautiful tour of Michigan Technological University. It has gotten a wee bit bigger since Eric attended, but things sometimes look smaller in the rear view mirror. After that, Eric found the Keweenaw National Historical Park so off we went to explore. Most the elements were closed, but when open must portray an interesting picture of the Copper Mining Industry and the role it played in the development of the Peninsula. I picked up a few t-shirts because we were finding it inconvenient to do laundry when there were no laundromats close to the campgrounds. Nobody wants to sit in a laundromat watching your clothes go around when there are hikes to take and lakes to paddle. Headed back to McLain determined to resolve the power cord issue and find the dog beach. A 50' extension cord borrowed from the park office along with one of our 25' cords solved the power issue. The hookup was across a hike/bike path and in someone else's campsite... it was an interesting placement. The dog beach signs were marked at different areas depending upon signage/paper maps. It was rather confusing, and somehow we ended up on a hike that paralleled the shore of Lake Superior. The heady smell of cedars, pines and surf was amazing. When we got to the Dog beach, it was deserted, so we walked down the lake shore with the dogs having a great time. For supper, we opted for a glass of wine on a swinging bench overlooking Superior. The wine was nice, the company was the best and the views were intoxicating...or maybe that was the wine without supper. Anyways, the SLR got a workout and I hope at least one of the 20 million photos I took reflect the beauty present that evening.

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Posted by LifeWithMurphy 07:07 Archived in USA

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