Part 22: Kingston Lake, MI to Bond Falls, MI


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Kingston Lake was a reasonable campsite.  It was starting to get cold at night, but we had extra blankets.  Next morning, our mission was to make it to Copper Harbor and check out the sights.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Our campsite was right next to Kingston Lake.  This small lake was calm in the early morning providing a mirror-like surface.

The cold morning air produced steam on the warmer waters of the lake.

Kingston Lake had water delivery the old fashion way: hand pump.  These fellows had totally different reactions to Thor as we left the lake.  Note the look of shock-and-awe on the face of the fellow pumping the water.

South of Kingston on the county road we encountered the ski team from the local college doing early season training on roller skis.

This area of the Upper Peninsula has many mines.  This structure is called "Miner's Castle" and is a small outcropping on the southern shores of Lake Superior in an area known as Pictured Rocks.

At the base of Miner's Castle is a small through-hole that has been cut my the relentless wave action.  Over time, this will expand to a full arch and then will cause the collapse of the Castle.

Pictured Rocks is a large tourist draw and most of the rocks are only visible from a tour boat.  The small town of Munising offers plenty of tour boats including this tour.

From the castle, we drove to Miner's Beach which is an actual sand beach (as opposed to the cobbles that are typical of this area).

In addition to tour boats, kayak tours are available for those not afraid to get cold and wet.  Due to the potential wave height, sea kayaks are required for operation on the lakes.

This guide is bringing his group back to shore.  He spotted me with the camera and gave me the thumbs up.  At least I think it is a thumb.

We took the one mile trail to the not-suprisingly-named Miner's Falls.  This was a pretty good-sized creek that dumped over the cliffs into Lake Michigan.

At Houghton we came upon this lifting bridge to accommodate the large ships in the area.

Our destination for the night was the Michigan State Park at Copper Harbor.  The park is at the end of the Keweenaw Peninsula and is right next to Fort Walton.  At the fort, we came upon this mine that was filled with water.  This was the first active copper mine in the area with the fort being built to keep the locals in line during the frenetic land rush that came with the discovery of the metal.  The shaft is only 40 feet deep, but it did produce a substantial amount of copper before the vein ran dry.

Being Sunday morning, the fort was essentially deserted.

The fort has been nicely restored and has exhibits in most of the buildings.  After being constructed, the fort was only used for a few years before being abandoned.

The lighthouse at Copper Harbor was closed for the season so we had to settle for seeing it at a distance.

The cobbles in the photo above are more typical of the beaches in this area.

We took the scenic road that ascended the cliffs onto a high ridge that provided a sweeping view of the harbor and Lake Superior.  In the distance we could see a freighter hauling cargo to the east.

The access to Copper Harbor is dangerous due to submerged rocks.

To the south we could see the trees starting to turn colors for the fall.  The locals told us that the turning was delayed by a "heat wave" in the recent weeks.  Normally, the change is complete by the end of September.

All Hail Thor!  The group of guys gawking at Thor caused us to laugh.  Note the gal with the selfie-stick on the driver's side.

The road passed the falls on the Eagle River.  This view point was provided by the old highway bridge that has been decommissioned for vehicle use.

Many years previous, some locals added this wooden dam to the river.  But the dam is disintegrating and will soon fail.

The new highway bridge is made of glued wood with steel fittings.

Our path south took us past Bond Falls.  This is only part of the falls.

To get the "creamy" water effect I had to brace the camera and slow the shutter to 0.1 seconds at ISO 50 and f/16.  The late afternoon shadows made the light a bit flat.

The other section of Bond Falls looked similar.

The far viewpoint allowed getting the entire falls in the same photo.  This is a very nice place.

Bond Falls had camping so we decided to stay there.  It rained again, but not so much as to cause an inconvenience.  Tomorrow, we continue south then east on the UP back to the Mackinaw Bridge.

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