Pinned tween Lk. Superior and the State Pen:)

Trip Start Jul 01, 2011
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Baraga State Park Campground

Flag of United States  , Michigan
Saturday, July 9, 2011

This stop offered a launching point for our day trip around the Keewanau peninsula. It's a small park - maybe 100 acres - which offered a 3/4 mile loop through the woods on which to hike. Dan took the walk and gained some insight as to how Baraga State Park may have come to exist - the park backs up to a state prison (marked by signs past the trail to 'stay out').

Our drive around the Keewanau was amazing! The history of this place seeps out of the ground, almost quite literally since this area was most heavily mined and logged of nearly any other place along the Great Lake. Populated by tough and brave pioneers, the stories of shipwrecks, mining and logging settlements, missionaries and native americans are recorded and represented everywhere.
 
We're also happy to have found the best drive in Michigan - M-26 skirts the west coast of the peninsula through small towns and dense forests of the Lake Superior shoreline. It should be said that Gitche Gumee has been docile, even completely still, for most of this trip. Dan's dream is to see a November gale come ashore, but we're content to remain in the good graces of the mighty lake for this trip. All said, it was a foggy day on the lake (not an uncommon occurence), which both obscured some views and bathed the entire experience in an eerie mysticism that enriched the experience. From the Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Museum, filled with stories of heroic rescues in impossible conditions, to Fort Wilkins State Park which documented the wreck of the L.C. Waldo on its very shoreline, the fog proved to erase time to the benefit of our imagination.
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