Washburn Iron Works mural near Apostle Islands.

Fantastic Washburn Iron Works mural on the Bayfield Peninsula near the Apostle Islands. (We were walking around waiting for Stephen’s clothes to dry…yes, he does laundry when he can!)

 

Stephen camped on this island just outside Marquette Harbor.

Stephen camped on Partridge Island just outside Marquette Harbor in this lovely sheltered cove.

 

Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, an active light constructed in 1852.

Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, constructed in 1852 and in service ever since.

 

Lit in 1868, Grand Island East Channel Light was removed from service around 1908.

Lit in 1868, Grand Island East Channel Light was removed from service around 1908. (Note the local red sandstone used in the base.)

 

A day off for Stephen at the historic Coast Guard station at Sand Point. The track was for launching a 36' unsinkable lifeboat.

A day off  (bad weather) for Stephen at the historic Coast Guard station on Sand Point. The track was for launching a 36′ unsinkable lifeboat.

 

Mike Brey, a commercial fisherman out of Munising, sorting his catch out on Munising Bay on a foggy day.

While paddling away from shore, Stephen met Mike Brey, a commercial fisherman out of Munising, sorting his catch on a foggy day.

 

Small waterfall in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Small waterfall in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

paintedwave

 

 

foggycliffs

 

Water seeps through the sandstone and paints the cliffs with the minerals in the rock.

Water seeps through the sandstone and paints the cliffs with minerals from the rock: calcium, manganese, copper, and iron.

 

And then the wave smoothed pebbles on the beach...

And there are millions of wave smoothed pebbles on the beach…

 

...and colorful lichens.

…and colorful lichens, it’s an artist’s paradise.

 

Spray Falls

Spray Falls

 

Meeting Stephen on 12 Mile Beach in the nat'l lakeshore. We met our friends Denise Marecki, Matt Pierle, Susan and Sam Sharpe for a wonderful weekend.

Meeting Stephen on 12 Mile Beach in the Nat’l Lakeshore. We converged with friends from home Denise Marecki, Matt Pierle, Susan and Sam Sharpe for a wonderful weekend of laughter, campfires, stars, swimming and sand.

 

From 12 Mile Beach, Stephen paddled east to Grand Marais and more friends, Pat and Quent Kuebler,

From gorgeous 12 Mile Beach, Stephen paddled east to Grand Marais and met more friends, Pat and Quent Kuebler. While he waited a few days for the wind to die down, they shared homemade apple wine, blueberry pie and the warm hospitality that keeps him going strong. Thank you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Responses to “Selected shots, Washburn to Pictured Rocks”

  1. John Porter Says:

    Wonderful photos!!

  2. Nancy Kowaleski Says:

    Sounds like a great weekend..sorry I missed out.

  3. Denise Marecki Says:

    That was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. It was good to be with old friends (and by old, I mean you Steve) and great to meet new ones. But the shinning star of the whole weekend was Miss Superior herself! What a beauty. I am in love with that lake and have a new appreciation for da U.P. Thanks to all for sharing. Love you Steve. Enjoy the rest of your quest.

  4. Matteuchio Pierleopteris Says:

    Nice shots Stephen. Great to enjoy the Superior Peninsula with you, Ruth and other friends. Paddle strong, enjoy and see you further on.

  5. André Germain Says:

    Stephen:
    So you have gone ahead with your trip to circumnavigate the mighty Lake Superior after all! Good for you man! From your accounts, sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. I think of you each time I board my kayak (pretty well a daily event). All the best, my friend and may the winds always blow in your favour. All my best to Ruth.
    Cheers,
    André.

  6. Asuka Says:

    I really like this wrinitg style.It is so entertaining. By the way, I like ” pa war” especially after arriving in the US.May be it is because I wanna hide my neck or that the weather is cold, or both. Iora

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