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Hi, we’re Suze and Lee Weaver

We hope you will join us as we transition from our very "normal" life to something a little less traditional. We are not experts in downsizing, minimalism, early retirement, or full-time RV living. In fact, we’re not experts in anything! Our goal for this blog is simply to share our travels and adventures with our friends and family. Along the way we hope to continuously learn, grow, and laugh.  

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

There are only 4 National Lakeshores - The Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Indiana Dunes. I can’t imagine the others comparing to Pictured Rocks in shear numbers of postcard picture opportunities.

Munising Falls is just a couple of miles from town.

Munising Falls is just a couple of miles from town.

The area is known for more than Pictured Rocks, however. There are a number of waterfalls in the area. We were able to visit 3 on foot - Munising Falls, Miners Falls, and Chapel Falls. The hike to Chapel Falls was the longest (about 2.5 miles round trip), but all were relatively easy walks and you can see them all in a day.

Miners Falls

Miners Falls

Chapel Falls from above. I was hoping I could capture this better. It’s a 65 foot drop from this point and you are able to walk right out to the edge of the falls. It’s a bit scary… The photo doesn’t do it justice. On the right side of the picture you can see where you are able to walk down over that side of the falls.

Chapel Falls from above. I was hoping I could capture this better. It’s a 65 foot drop from this point and you are able to walk right out to the edge of the falls. It’s a bit scary… The photo doesn’t do it justice. On the right side of the picture you can see where you are able to walk down over that side of the falls.

Suze captured me trying to get a better angle on the falls.

Suze captured me trying to get a better angle on the falls.

We were able to get a handful of pictures of Painted Rocks Lakeshore from land.

Miner’s Castle from an overlook.

Miner’s Castle from an overlook.

The North Country Hiking trial runs 4600 miles from Crown Point, NY to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central ND. Forty-six of those miles runs right along the cliffs of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. From a boat you can see hikers sitting on the edge of the cliffs looking out at the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Superior. I’ve become too attached to indoor plumbing to take on the challenge, but it would be incredible to experience those 46 miles with only a backpack.

This picture gives some perspective on the height of the cliffs along the lakeshore - kayakers against the backdrop of 200 - 250 foot cliffs.

This picture gives some perspective on the height of the cliffs along the lakeshore - kayakers against the backdrop of 200 - 250 foot cliffs.

I don’t remember the name of this little water fall, but we were told it’s more substantial in the the spring.

I don’t remember the name of this little water fall, but we were told it’s more substantial in the the spring.

This is Indian Head Rock. If you look at pictures from just a few years ago it looks a bit different. There has been some erosion above the nose. There was a large rock slide just a couple of weeks before our visit. Pictured Rocks features some formations that seem to change little over time, but there are other places where water (Ice) and wind continuously change the look of the rocks.

This is Indian Head Rock. If you look at pictures from just a few years ago it looks a bit different. There has been some erosion above the nose. There was a large rock slide just a couple of weeks before our visit. Pictured Rocks features some formations that seem to change little over time, but there are other places where water (Ice) and wind continuously change the look of the rocks.

This is a pretty good example of what different minerals and water can create. All along the cliffs it appears there are trees hanging on to the rocks for dear life!

This is a pretty good example of what different minerals and water can create. All along the cliffs it appears there are trees hanging on to the rocks for dear life!

Iron (red and orange), copper (blue and green), manganese (brown and black), limonite (white) are among the most common color-producing minerals. This was the location of the most recent rock slide.

Iron (red and orange), copper (blue and green), manganese (brown and black), limonite (white) are among the most common color-producing minerals. This was the location of the most recent rock slide.

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This is a picture of Chapel Rock. Notice the tree on top of the rock. There is no soil on the rock. At one time there was a rock arch connecting the rock to the land. The arch broke away, but the roots from the tree remain. All of the tree’s nutrients are coming from the roots crossing from the rock to the land!

This is a picture of Chapel Rock. Notice the tree on top of the rock. There is no soil on the rock. At one time there was a rock arch connecting the rock to the land. The arch broke away, but the roots from the tree remain. All of the tree’s nutrients are coming from the roots crossing from the rock to the land!

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This is Spray Falls. I still can’t get over the color of the Lake Superior water!

This is Spray Falls. I still can’t get over the color of the Lake Superior water!

This is the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse. It first opened for operation in 1868. It’s the first week in September and trees are already turning along Lake Superior.

This is the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse. It first opened for operation in 1868. It’s the first week in September and trees are already turning along Lake Superior.

Suze with Bigfoot.

Suze with Bigfoot.

Bigfoot is quite popular here in the U.P.. According to the tee-shirts we’ve seen, he likes to steal peoples beer from their campsites. We were careful not to leave any beer out!

Next we’ll be stopping at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in White Fish Point, MI on our way to Mackinac Island.


Mackinac Island - the Fudge Capital of the World!

Mackinac Island - the Fudge Capital of the World!

Up Northest in Wisconsin - The Apostle Islands

Up Northest in Wisconsin - The Apostle Islands