I have a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or “Da U.P.” near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Being in college, I do not get as much time anymore with my parents, so it was really nice getting to spend the week with my mom up at our cabin there.
We went to what we call the “Log Slide” in Grand Marais which is a giant sand drop off down to the largest lake in North America, Lake Superior. The log slide used to be utilized by loggers who would drop their felled trees down to the beach where they had boats to haul their logs off to other places. The log slide goes down 500 feet all the way from the top to the edge of the lake. Running down it is always a blast, but then you have to come back up which is challenging. On the way up you climb a nearly vertical wall of sand to reach the top, it may be hard but it is so rewarding once you get to the top! By the log slide there is a trailhead to a short four mile round trip hike to the Au Sable Lighthouse, which is always a breathtaking hike with astounding views overlooking Lake Superior.
My mom and I always enjoy a good hike, but we also love kayaking/canoeing. In Au Train we rented two kayaks to go out on the Au Train River. It is usually a 2-3 hour kayak/canoe trip with sand bars to pull up on where we stop and read, eat, and just hang out. You always end up seeing some wildlife while on the river too, whether it is turtles, ducks, beavers or otters. It is such an awesome sight when you are coasting down the river and have dragonflies flying all around, landing on us and the kayaks. A day on the river always makes for a great and relaxing day.
In early August Mother Nature grows wild blueberries in the U.P. And my mom is an avid picker. Each year she gets a stock pile to last her the whole year and I always enjoy going out and helping her pick. Sometimes my berries end up in my mouth more than they end up in my bucket, but how could I resist.
The cabin is truly a huge part of my life. It reminds me of childhood and there is nowhere I enjoy escaping to more. I look forward to my many more adventures in the UP!