A visit to Munising Michigan

Friday (7/28) rolled around and with it another travel day. So after 5 active days in the Green Bay area we lifted our jacks and continued north 185 miles to our new home just outside Munising Michigan.

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Taken from the Au Sable lighthouse

Taken from the Au Sable lighthouse

This would prove to be another short but chocked full of touring 4 day stay. Our plan was to hike to as many waterfalls we could in the area and take a sunset boat cruise and I think we fulfilled our plans pretty well.

Wagner Falls

Wagner Falls

Sable Falls

Sable Falls

Miners Falls

Miners Falls

Taken from a overlook at Chapel Rock

Taken from a overlook at Chapel Rock

I didn’t do a very good job keeping track of our pictures and I’m pretty sure I will name them wrong so we will just share pictures in no real rhyme or reason except for our boat cruise, I know which ones there are LOL!!

Chapel Rock with a couple tour boats in the water.

Chapel Rock with a couple tour boats in the water.

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

The falls we did manage to fit into our short visit were Miners Falls (a 50’ falls), Wagner Falls, Sable Falls, Munising Falls (a 50’ falls) and Chapel Falls. We also saw Bridal Veil Falls from our boat tour.

East Channel Lighthouse

East Channel Lighthouse

Munising Falls

Munising Falls

Munising Falls

Munising Falls

The trail to Chapel Fall's. It was 3 miles round trip.

The trail to Chapel Fall’s. It was 3 miles round trip.

Chapel Falls

Chapel Falls

Top of Chapel Falls

Top of Chapel Falls

 

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Coming from the Northwest we will have to say that the waterfalls in this area don’t hold a candle to what we are used to seeing out west but they sure were pretty none the less.
The hikes to each fall varied in length but I think the longest hike was 3.5 miles so nothing too strenuous at all. And what I really like is its hillier out here instead of mountainous so nothing too steep to hike LOL!! On the other hand it was not uncommon to find stairs to climb, sometimes 75 to 100 of them to reach the viewing platforms.

 

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Our Sunset Boat Cruise with Picture Rocks Cruises was without a doubt the highlight of our visit. The cost of our cruise was $38 each.

Bridal Veil Falls seen from the boat

Bridal Veil Falls seen from the boat


We made sure to get to the gate extra early so we could get a seat on the top deck and by the side and we are glad we did, the views were fantastic. In fact Diane and I were the very first 2 people in line!! The boat departed at 7PM and we coasted back into the dock about 9:45.

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Do you see a Pirates face?

Do you see a Pirates face?

Do you see a Pirates face?

Do you see a Pirates face?

The Grand Portal Point

The Grand Portal Point


The boat we were on was about 65’ long and could hold 150 passengers between the lower and upper decks. The boat we took this picture of was loading at the same time we did and was an identical ship.
We sat in the back right corner of the top deck, our reasoning for that was we would be on the Pictured Rocks Shoreline side going out with no one behind us or between us and the rail for picture taking and we would be able to turn around and take pictures from the rear if we wanted on the return trip and it worked out well.

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap


The only thing we didn’t plan on when figuring out our seating was for some loud and foul mouthed fool coming to the top of the steps and holding a conversation right over my head LOL. Before going any farther so you don’t think I’m just an ass before departing the captain made mention that there was no standing on the top deck allowed and that the stairway was to be kept clear at all times to which meant “loudmouth” was breaking both rules.


After a short time of “loudmouth” yacking in my ear and bumping be with his elbow I turned around and asked if he could hear what the captain was saying about the rocks in his narration, to which he answered “no, too much wind I guess” to which I answered, “well there is that reason to I guess”. It seems he got the hint and went back down to stand on the rear observation deck.
However I guess “loudmouth” had a short memory span because before long he was back at the top of the stairs with another person once again yacking up a storm with the “F” word tossed in at regular intervals. Maybe his vocabulary was as bad as his memory so he used foul language as a filler, I’m not sure. But this time I turned around and told him point blank that I would really like to hear what the captain was saying about the area and that with him talking it was impossible. I guess that did the trick because we never saw “loudmouth” again.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls


The captain did a great job of narrating on our trip out and also did a good job of letting everyone have a nice quiet ride back.

Mineral seep

Mineral seep

Mineral seep

Mineral seep

Caves of many colors

Caves of many colors

As we were getting back the captain mentioned that they do a drawing for a hard backed picture book of the area and that 1 person from each tour win’s one and to be sure to check inside the gift shop for the name of the lucky person from our tour. And guess who that lucky person was!!??!! Diane of course!!! She is a lucky girl.

Of course during our stay we took a driving tour up and down the shoreline and also made it to Grand Marias, a little town we heard someone mention so we figured we may as well check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After our drive to Grand Marias we made a stop to check out the Au Sable Lighthouse. From where we parked it was a 3 mile round trip hike on a very easy trail.

The 1.5 mile trail to Au Sable lighthouse

The 1 mile trail to Au Sable lighthouse

Au Sable Lighthouse

Au Sable Lighthouse

Au Sable lighthouse

Au Sable lighthouse

Au Sable lighthouse

Au Sable lighthouse

 

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Oh, and we just have to mention that we tried our very first Pasty while in the area. We were told about them by friends so we had to give them a try. We tried them at 2 different locations and bought a few to toss in the freezer for a quick lunch or even an easy dinner.

Our first Pasty at Muldoon's in Munising

Our first Pasty at Muldoon’s in Munising

We have also been pretty lucky weather and bug wise. The temps were pretty much in the high 70’s during our stay and we have not had any mosquito or biting flies issues. We had mosquitos in the evening while in Door County and only a couple biting flies but nothing to really complain about. I guess we have been lucky this year because we have heard they both can be pretty bad in these areas.

That pretty much sums it up for this stop, like we said, it was a fast but full 4 days and on Tuesday (8/1) we lifted our jacks and made another move so be sure to check back, we will have a lot of LARGE boats to talk about at our next update.

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9 Responses to A visit to Munising Michigan

  1. exploRVistas says:

    That’s really great that the skeeters and the flies weren’t a problem, Dave! You hit it at the right time!

  2. Darth says:

    Nice pictures. We love it there. And it looks like you’re making your way past our area in Grand Rapids. Wave as you go by.

  3. aelkins1 says:

    There’s always gotta be that one guy, eh? Glad he finally took the hint. Looks like you had BEAUTIFUL weather for your U.P. trip. The one day we had to spend in Munising, it was 100% cloudy and foggy – not possible to see the cliffs. We had to settle for a glass-bottom boat ride instead. Hey, you didn’t say – how’d you like the pasty?

    • Dave & Diane says:

      We thought about the glass bottom boat as well but we stayed pretty busy as it was I guess so decided not to. It was probably pretty good as well. Oh and we liked the Pasty’s well enough to buy a few for the freezer LOL!!

  4. aelkins1 says:

    Forgot to ask – where to next? We are in Manistee for 2 more weeks, always love to meet up with fellow RVers & bloggers.

  5. colibabas says:

    Beautiful area and great pics! We found that some of the Great Lake beaches (Canadian side) looked so tropical all they needed was palm trees, palapas and a bar!
    Safe travels

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