Michigan, Where We've Been

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks was our last stop in Michigan. Just off the coast of Lake Superior, the Pictured Rocks are clearly seen from a boat out on its waters. We weren’t really in the mood to do another boat trip, so we decided to experience this one on land. 

The water is naturally very clear and reflects a beautiful teal green color, much like the the waters in the Florida Keys. The differences between the two being that the water here was slightly cooler, there were many more evergreens, and it’s fresh water instead of salt water. We practically had the place to ourselves too. 

Someone had come along and made a tipi out of the driftwood on the shore.

The kids built some really fun sand castles while a little ways down, another couple was having a rehearsal for the wedding the next day.

Quinn got to enjoy the beach this time too. Dogs are allowed!

There was a waterfall we also checked out while at Pictured Rocks, but having seen so many wonderful falls, honestly, it paled in comparison. Mostly this was a nice place to end to the summer since we started back to school this week. 




Catchin’ Crickets Campground

This is a dry camping campground with water on site. Most of the people here had either tents or small trailers, but we had no trouble finding a spot for our 40′ fifth wheel. 

It’s also first come, first served, but arriving on a Wednesday, we were the second people at the campground. Many other arrived for the weekend on Friday night, but they mostly took the outside loop treed spots. At the registration area, they have envelopes and a deposit box for campground fees.

We just bought a drone, so we took an arial photo of the campground, since there isn’t one available on Google Maps or their own website. The campground seems to be fairly new and well maintained with picnic tables and fire rings at each spot. 

There is a vault toilet by the self-serve registration area and firewood for a $5 fee per bundle. There is water on site that is pumped using an old fashioned hand pump. It was cold and had a distinct taste. There is not a dump on site, so we went to Munising Tourist Campground to dump for an $8 fee.

We got 145 down/20 up on Starlink. Only 1 bar on the Verizon phones and 2 bars with the cell antenna, but it was unusable. AT&T was 4 bars with the cell antenna (23/9).