Superior Circle, Part II

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August 2, 2016: Munising, MI

A model lighthouse illuminates lawn furniture behind the Sunset Motel, located on the shore of South Bay in Munising, Mi.

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (1/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (2/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (3/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (4/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (5/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (6/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (7/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (8/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (9/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (10/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (11/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (12/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (13/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 3, 2016: Chapel Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the first of the four such designees in the country (Apostle Islands, WI, Indiana Dunes, IN and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, are the others) marked its 50th anniversary as the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. The National Lakeshore extends for 42 miles between Munising and Grand Marais, MI and derives its name from the 15 miles of mineral stained sandstone northeast of Munising. It features three natural arches (Lover's Leap, Grand Portal and Castle Rock), dunes and numerous waterfalls and named rock formations.

The Lakeshore is best viewed from a kayak or the daily tour boats that travel about 16 miles each way along the lakeshore, weather permitting. The lines are long and start forming early, so if you want a “window” seat, bring a book and arrive at least an hour before departure. (14/14)

©Rich Beckman

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August 4, 2016: Lakenenland Sculture Park, Marquette, MI

Even with one arm in a sling, Cynny still hit the jackpot on the slot machine at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

The sign at the entrance reads, “As a result of (8) eight years of continuous harassment from the township of Chocolay, the No Trespassing sign is directed at all local members of “Planning and Zoning Boards” only. All other visitors are welcome here 24/7/365.

Lakenenland is a 37-acre parcel of land 15 miles east of Marquette along Michigan Highway 28, in Chocolay Township that houses more than 80 colorful and ingenious scrap iron sculptures, two ponds stocked with perch and bluegill and a lean-to shelter and fire pit with plenty of firewood for anybody visiting in the winter. The owner, Ironworker Tom Lakenen, has been fighting against a variety of Chocolay Township grievances since opening the park more than a decade ago, when he was forced to move the sculptures from his lawn. Fortunately, he has endured, because this is one of the truly great roadside attractions in America.

©Rich Beckman

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August 4, 2016: Eagle Harbor Light, Eagle Harbor, MI

The original wooden lighthouse, built in 1851, was replaced by the present red brick structure in 1871. After being tended by 21 keepers during the next 129 years, the lighthouse was automated in 1980. In 1999, Congress transferred ownership of the Light Station to the Keweenaw County Historical Society.

©Rich Beckman

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August 5, 2016: Eagle River Falls, Eagle River, MI

The Eagle River plunges into a deep volcanic basalt bowl before emptying into Lake Superior. The falls is on the site of the original Lake Superior Fuse Company and the remains of a wooden dam still span most of the 60-foot wide river and diverts most of the water to the far right of the formation that includes two large basins.

The falls is only three miles west of the Jampot, a bakery and homemade jam shop run by a Catholic Monastery of the Byzantine rite, under the jurisdiction of The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas and tended by local monks. They have an email address (skete@societystjohn.com), but no telephone number. I can vouch for the gingersnap cookies, the black cherry jam and the gingerbread muffins with lemon zest, raisins and cream cheese icing.

©Rich Beckman

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