Summer UP Trip 2018 — Day One

We took a mid-August trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, covering 2,887.3 miles in nine days time!  Over the course of the trip I took about 2700 photos which I discovered are too many to try to deal with all at once. 🙂  So, for starters, I will work on a blog post for each day of our trip to both describe and show some of the incredible beauty of God’s creation that we were able to experience.

Day one began at home with a lot of road time before our first stop at JW Wells State Park near Stephenson, Michigan on the west shore of Lake Michigan.  This was a quick stop to stretch our legs and take a few photos before continuing our journey.

Our next stop for the day was at Portage Point south of Escanaba, Michigan.  This was another chance to stretch our legs as we walked a trail between Portage Bay and Lake Michigan.  Frogs were plentiful as were butterflies and a great view of the lake at the end of the trail.

From there we headed just up the road to the Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba, Michigan.


After a quick stop to drop our luggage off at the hotel we would stay at in Gladstone, we were on our way to Peninsula Point Lighthouse across the bay from Escanaba.  It was a beautiful drive down the peninsula and the lighthouse was open to climb to the top.  All that remains of the original lighthouse buildings is the tower itself, but being a somewhat shorter tower than many of them, we all climbed the stairs to the top.

While at Peninsula Point, we were told about Fayette Historic State Park that was across the bay to the east.  There was still daylight so we made our way back up the peninsula and down the next one to visit the park.  It was a great combination of historic buildings and rock-faced cliffs that were extra beautiful in the evening sun.  As we were leaving, a deer came out to enjoy an evening snack from an apple tree.

From there, we made our way back to the shoreline of Peninsula Point where we found a boat ramp to photograph the sunset from.  Along our drive we drove passed a field of sunflowers so we stopped to take a few photos of them as well.  The sun was a brilliant red ball because of smoke in the atmosphere from wildfires to the north and west.

And thus ended day one of our family adventure as we headed back to the hotel for a night of sleep along the lakefront.

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