I don't think that I have ever had an experience quite like this trip to Munising. I've fallen in love with the scenery, the smell, the weather, but most of all the water. This trip has been a very eye opening experience for me and pushed my love for the Upper Peninsula.
Two days ago we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel, checked in, and went to Au Traine Beach. My dad told my brother and I that when he and his sisters were younger they spent a lot of time in Au Traine and we decided that the beach would be where we laid my Grandma Joyce's ashes to rest. The Upper Peninsula is an experience that was worth the time to get up here.
I strongly,strongly, strongly recommend that if you are in the Upper Peninsula that you walk any stretch of the Pictured Rocks Trail. The sights you see will blow your mind, seeing the rocks in person and seeing a picture are completely different things. The strech that we did was only a small part of what my parents did when they were in their twenties. My dad says that the last time he hiked that trail he was twenty-five years old.
Mosquito Beach is a must see for anyone on the trail. There is a river mouth on one side of the beach that leads up to Mosquito Falls, and further up the trail you find the other part of the beach. It's solid rock, very little sand, with an abrupt drop off about thirty feet from the "shore". My aunt told me how her, my Aunt Patti, and my dad would climb along a small cliff edge then dive into the water when they were kids.
The main point of this trip was so that we could lay my grandmother's ashes to rest in Lake Superior. She was a great woman and was born in the Copper Country. She always wanted her remains to be put to rest in the lake, she had a love for the U.P. that I have developed so far on this trip. We laid her ashes to rest today, Saturday, July 30th, 2011 around 2:15 pm.
Because of this trip I know for a fact, I will be returning up here. I would absolutely love to go to college up here and hopefully one day be able to say that I lived in the Upper Peninsula for at least a year or two. I know for a fact that I will be coming up here again when I am 18 and I will be sharing this amazing experience with several of my really good friends, or at least I hope too...
This is without a doubt an experience that everyone who gets a chance to experience should take. There is a lot of rich heritage up here and many wonderful things that you can do with family and friends for an absolutely wonderful vacation experience.
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