Friday, September 30, 2016

Neys Bay, Ontario

My plan was to spend 6 days and 5 nights traveling around the North Shore of Lake Superior...this would put me just right for the closing dates on some of the parks of Sept 18th.  After Pancake Bay Casey and I continued to head West on the Trans Canada Highway around the lake.  The amount of wilderness is just amazing! Miles and miles of raw and untouched wilderness. 

...I saw signs for Agawa Native Rock Art Park.  So I decided to make the hike.  A day use fee was paid to an iron ranger of $7.50 CA...After the first section of the hike came upon this sign!!

Hmmm.  I just happened to be hiking at the same time 2 other ladies, a mother and daughter from Manitoba were hiking,... so we arrived at the rock wall at the same time... 

The hike was tough! All rocks and boulders and pretty steep! 

Once we got to the rock wall where many years ago Ojibwa people had canoed up to this rocky shoreline and drew their renditions on the rocks, we found this chain it was a safety hold chain.  Unfortunately the lake is very close to this rock ledge one has to walk out on and it's extremely slippery!! I held onto the chain you see here and still I slipped and fell...Fortunately I held on and didn't fall into the water!! I got a look at only these 2 glyphs...The chain takes you to where the rock jutts out as you see here.  The mother and daughter decided not to try it...

SO that was thrilling not...I had a nice bruise for my trouble, and scared the B-Jesus outta my hiking comrades! They both thought I was a goner...but I knew I was okay, I got up and slowly made my way back to safer footing after snapping this photo.  If I had been able to continue on around the rocky cliff, dozens more of this fab art was visible...but it was not worth the risk. 

The hike back was uneventful...once  at our vehicles we had a good laugh about the whole incident...but the young girl who looked about 14 yrs old was very distressed when I fell....I reassured her I was not a fool hearted person who takes risks, it was just too slippery for the shoes I was wearing! 

Back on the highway I stopped for the rest of the day at Neys Provincial Park.   I met a woman who was also camping in her Chevy van, she was 73 yrs old and from Toronto and on her way to Vancouver Island to visit her son and his wife.

  She said she loved to travel alone, enjoyed the freedom of being solo and I understand that; we chatted about the fear that many have and how we have overcome that fear, travel as far as we like then stop when and where we wish.  It was nice to have someone to compare ideas with and to see her 10 yrs my senior still enjoying solo traveling!

Neys had a cold wind blowing but I did some beach combing and then watched the sunset it was amazing!!

dogs are not allowed on the beach, so Casey napped and I walked him later before it got completely dark. 

the next morning our westward journey continued...there are MANY pullouts with amazing views of the rocky coastline and the beautiful woods that thrive right by the waters edge of Lake Superior. 

Along the way I pulled into the town of Terrace Bay.  They put this light house up to try and entice tourists to stop! In my case it was the boast of a waterfall and free WiFi in the town center!! I wrote one of my blogs while visiting this town.  I was able to purchase some Canadian stamps to mail some postcards back home...and I got information about the waterfall, got gas for the van, and some more Canadian Currency at an ATM in the bank Foyer, it was Saturday and the bank was closed.  

the town had some cool murals I liked this one..

Then I drove to the Aguasabon Falls and Gorge.   A very easy boardwalk to a viewing platform.  There was not a great view of the falls, a better view could be had on the right side of the gorge but that trail was closed. Still it was an amazing view!

back on the Trans Canada Highway it was more wonderful scenery as I continued making westerly progress..

including some amazing overlooks of the Trans Canada Railroad right of way!!

Kababeka Falls Provincial Park was my next planned area to explore. 

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Trans Canada Highway

September 7 & 8
It is amazing to me how fast time is real time I'm practically HOME, I had an allotment of time to get this trip in and be back because my sis is about ready to head back to her home in Colorado! I was delayed with Annie's surgery and so I "amputated" the NY and Eastern Ontario part of my journey but it seems I just barely got in the rest of where I had planned to go and boy I've been on the move!  But it's all good altho I am now weary and ready to land for a while..If only I did not have a return by date....
Once I left the Pictured Rocks behind I was once again up in the Whitefish Bay area and getting ready to head to Sault Ste Marie and cross to Canada.  Timing is everything due to the fact that fall comes early to the Northwoods,  and the Provincial Parks where I had planned to camp have early closing dates! There was one more stop for me to make, Iroquois Lighthouse!  I camped at the Bay View Campground near the Dollar Settlement.  

not much of a photo but it does show the size of the camp spaces! The camp is right on the shores of the Lake and Whitefish Bay, it was one of those rainy foggy days when I was there...

even these common mergansers look lost in the white fog....

one can see why these lighthouses are so important to navigate the narrow bay area...This lighthouse Im headed for is very easy to get to just drive right up to it!!

it was built in 1857 and the wood replaced with brick in 1870, it was replaced in 1962 with an unmanned station out in the bay...and now its a public historic place to see!   It is FREE! I walked up the 75 or so steps to the top...

here's the view the glass could use a cleaning!!

I found the 1950's museum in the downstairs house to be fascinating as that's the decade of my birth!!  It was like going back in time to my childhood.

Casey and I took a stroll along the beach and checked out some rocks....

and Casey sniffed out this dead what looks like a crayfish to me...

then we rolled on down the coast and passed eventually the Soo Locks there is a tour but I didnt stop its a huge place they even have an RV was packed!

not my cup of onward we went and crossed the border.

and on the other side I was on the Trans Canada Highway #17B.  I did stop in Brimley Michigan and get some Canadian money...I stopped at this view point of the Chippewa River a few miles down 17. 

the trees are amazing I love evergreens and they are in every shade of green along the highway...someone lost their travel trailer to the side of the road!! Probably high winds!

We made our fist camp at Pancake Bay Provincial Park which is similar to our start cost the same fee in each park, $42.15 Canadian for electric sites, and $36.25 for non electric.  Now with the exchange rate this is about $25-28 US as best I could tell.  Here is my view of Pancake Bay ...we got here in the mid afternoon took a long walk around and then I needed to rest!

My trip around Lake Superior was made up of 3 basic elements....Water, Wind, and Woods! 

the water was about 40F which is about 8C? And yet...

my hat is off to these hardy souls...we had a wonderful sunset that night but before it began to set it set the woods on fire with COLOR!

we watched the sun set and the moon rise it was a perfect half moon...

the perfect way to end a long day! 

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Upper Peninsula Michigan.

As you can see I made a big loop...since I had the invite to St Ignace I slowly made my way back up to the south shore of Lake Superior which is the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan. Lucky for me it was not that far, to come back to from St Ignace.  Anyway when I left my playful otters alone and got tucked in for the night it began to rain and it poured all night.  I ended up getting soaked taking Casey for his morning walk and he did too...both had to dry our coats out as we traveled north to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  NOW IF I was not on a budget I would have taken the 2 and half hour boat tour around the rocks you can see so much more from the water, but IT was pouring rain and I had not made any reservations and I get sea sick on rocking boats sooooo I just made the best of it.  Got my plastic poncho out and hiked in the rain with my camera under plastic.  I began at Grand Marais and went west to Munising, MI on H-58, The first stop I made along this route was the hike to Sable Falls.  Its about 3/4 mile round trip to the overlook. 


And this is my first view of the sand dunes! This area is the log slide they actually used to slide logs down this sandy chute to the water below to be barged together and shipped out to lumber companies!

It was still drizzling and foggy but I got a look at the Au Sable Lighthouse. 

here is the upper part of the log slide chute...

I totally did not get the name of this river as it empties into Lake Superior, but its the Sable Beach here and I took a walk...

Saw this red spotted eastern newt hanging out in the shallows!

then I hiked to Miners Falls...very impressive 40 ft drop and with the rain really flowing big!

passed these awesome lichens on the trail 

Gorgeous color!! Then I went to the Miners Castle Overlook...

the water color is spectacular here too!

it reminds me of Lake Powell in Utah with the red colored rocks...

and there was at least one arch visible from my overlook!  Thats one of the tour boats in the water there...

I hiked over to stand at the top of the Castle...

then I walked down to the beach where a kayak tour was just finishing up it looks warm but the water is 40 degrees!

wish the day hadn't been so rainy in the morning...but it got better! I drove to Munising Michigan not far from the Pictured Rocks Boundary and viewed their falls...

Really awesome!!  The mud ....NOT so Much!

after checking the map I decided to head back east on 58H again and to Iroquois Point to see their lighthouse before I entered Canada!!  Im tough on Maps but it's the only way to really see where you're headed!

I made a stop in Grand Marias on my back East....and saw their lighthouse and mailed a few postcards  and bought a few more stamps!  I stayed at Whitefish Bay Camp Ground that night...

I'm so far behind it was 9/7/16 when I was in this area!! I may never get to share it all good thing Im writing it all down in a journal!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.