Today we achieved another goal – we are at Lake Superior so we have been to all five Great Lakes. The main purpose of our visit to Munising was to go to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We got a bonus when we went to a beach on the way and found all of these beautiful stones. Evidently among all the beautiful rocks on the shores of Lake Superior there are agates which many people comb the shores to find. We had no idea we needed to be looking for those, but now that we know we are going to visit more beaches.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles along the shore between Munising, Michigan and Grand Marais, Michigan. It derives its name from the 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs northeast of Munising. The cliffs are up to 200 feet above lake level. They have been naturally sculptured into shallow caves, arches, and formations that resemble castle turrets and human profiles.
The colors in the cliffs are created by the large amounts of minerals in the rock. Streaks on the face of the cliffs come from the groundwater leaching out of the rock. With it come iron (red), manganese (black-white), limonite (yellow-brown), copper (pink-green), calcium (white) and other minerals. As the water evaporates, these minerals leave streaks of color. We took a boat ride and the colored rocks and rock formations are breathtaking.
We camped outside of Munising right on the shore of Lake Superior. The next to the last two pictures show the sunsets we enjoyed each evening. The sunsets were beautiful, but what was amazing is what it looked like an hour later (last two pictures). Don was up way past his bed time as the sun set at 9:40 and when Leslie went to let Merlin out at 10:30 she came running back in and told him he had to grab his camera. We have never seen an after sunset that was so pretty. That glow lasted until almost midnight.