|What beautiful mornings here in the UP. Time to break camp and drive back to Munising to take the Pictured Rocks Cruise today. We stopped at a Family Value store in Munising to park the motorhome and just use the truck to get around, this works great in these little towns. I elected not to take the cruise today, didn’t want to get locked in a boat for four hour cruise, I didn’t have a very good night last night. This all worked out alright because I had a tire on the truck that was not holding air so I went and got it fixed, had a nail in it. Needed to stop at the local NAPA store for some stuff and also was at an ACE hardware. Girls did make the cruise so I am waiting for them to call so I can pick them up, I know they really enjoyed the cruise.
Sure are a lot of motorcycles around here and now I found out why. The Harley Davidson dealer ship is having a rally in Marquette and they expect over 1500 motorcycles.
The Pictured Rocks Cruise is 32 miles round trip which you view brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches. You will see some of the natural landmarks, Lover Leap, Indian Head, Miners Castle and Chapel Rock to name a few. Pictured Rocks derives its name from the 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs. The cliffs are up to 200 feet above lake level. They have been naturally sculptured into shallow caves, arches, formations that resemble castle turrets, and human profiles, among others. The streaks on the face of the cliffs come from the groundwater leaching out of the rock. With it come iron (red), manganese (black-white), limonite (yellow-brown), copper (pink-green),and other minerals. As the water evaporates,these minerals leave streaks of color. One of the locals told us since Good Morning America had a segment on Pictured Rocks the tourism has tripled. It sure has helped the local influx of dollars. As you see by the pictures it is very majestic sight to see. There were lots of Kayakers taking in the cliffs from a very close view.
We left Munising around 4 pm for the next leg of our journey to Ishpeming for our next campground, Country Village RV Park. We will be staying for two nights to go around and see some of the sights in this area. The campground is almost full with people and their motorcycles to attend the rally in Marquette this weekend.