After Tom loaded my luggage into the car and I prepared for one last night with the Luckeys, I longed for one last hike before moving on. Marion suggested Miner’s Castle which I hadn’t seen. Before I knew it we were in the car so I could have one last hike and look at the crystal clear waters of Lake Superior.
Summer tourists flock to Munising from around the world to enjoy over 73,000 acres of Lake Superior shoreline and National Park, and I hadn’t seen it. The cliffs are an ongoing work of art created by Mother Nature. Trace minerals seep from the cracks of the sandstone leaving distinct color stains from different minerals. Then with the help of wind, lake water, rain, LOTS of snow, lightning, and hail, the incredible natural wonder has eroded and been sculpted into the current form.
The afternoon was overcast with drizzling rain as Marion and I took the short walk to the Castle Rock viewing platform. Miners Castle is the most famous formation of the Pictured Rocks and it was easy to see why with the breathtaking overlooks of Lake Superior and Grand Island. Erosion over long periods of time has created very interesting rock formations that give this place its name. Including a major rock fall in 2006 that dramatically changed the look of the castle formation.
If you are in the Munising area you shouldn’t miss the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the shoreline and rock formation.
I want to thank the Luckeys for their generous hospitality and Marion for acting as my personal guide today. And now I must close the door and call it a night. Maine is calling …