Day #108 – Camping on Lake Superior

LOCATION:  In western Upper Peninsula, Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Porcupine Mountain State Park.  Large campground – 100 sites, and all are filled, many with tents.  Right on Lake Superior.  Some sites have water views.  Electricity at sites; central water and dump station.  New and clean bathrooms/shower.  Same type of fire pit as previous state park – cannot grill on it without modification.  Short site.  Level.  $28/night.  4 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Mostly cloudy.  High 77
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  30 minutes

We are taking our time driving through the U.P.  Today was another very short drive.  When we left Lake Gogebic, it was 77.  As soon as we reached Lake Superior, the temperature dropped to 67.  Noticibily cooler and breezier. 

The Porcupine Mountains are quite popular year-’round.  In summer, the main thing is enjoying the lake and hiking.  We are pretty remote, and it feels rugged here.

We got set up.  There is only one small tent blocking our great view of the lake….

With a possible threat of rain, we hurried to do one of the park’s hikes.  This one is called Lake of the Clouds, and is one of the most scenic views in the UP.

You can almost make out George waving to me from above

The forest was really pretty

Right in front of our campsite is the escarpment, layers of sandstone and granite.

We watched, and eavesdropped on the family next to us.  As they pulled in, I heard the 2 teenagers complain about the 9-hour drive.  They have a very small car, and it was unbelievable how much stuff they unpacked…two big tents, 4 camping chairs, sleepng bags, air mattresses, cookware, suitcases, big plastic bins, coolers, and lots of gadgets.  Did I mention a dog, too?  Much of the stuff seemed brand new – still in their boxes. 

DINNER:  Spaghetti.  I made a thick meat sauce with Italian sausage, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and tomato sauce.  There was more sauce than pasta.  Side was caprese salad, which I always enjoy. 

Again, no TV reception, so we enjoyed Rick Steves again.  Tonight in Spain.

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