Vacation UpdateAugust 19th, 2014 at 8:04 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Picture taken today (Tue.) at Pictured Rocks. This is Miner’s Castle. 7:45 pm and a decent shower outside here in Munising…squashing all outdoor activities. After a quick update here, we’re going down to the pool/hot tub. Today, we did the long kayak trip at Pictured Rocks. It was raining and about 63° with the rain tapering off some for the 2nd half of the trip. I had on 2 t-shirts and 2 sweatshirts, plus the life jacket and the kayak “skirt”. I was plenty warm, but did get plenty wet. However, the wind was less than 5 mph and Lake Superior was almost dead calm. That was what I wanted. I can handle a cool rain, but kayaking in four-foot waves with a 20 mph north wind would have been a real chore. We were in 2-person kayaks. We saw a bald eagle. The tour guide and several people in our group recognized me. We kayaked under the arch and almost all the way to Chapel Rock. We then hiked to Miner’s Falls and Munising Falls. With all the rain we’ve had up here, the falls looked robust. The sun peaked thru a few times during our hikes (we were in kind of a dry tongue ahead of the upper low that is bringing us more rain tonight. The picture here was one of the few bright moments in an otherwise cloudy and damp day. The low clouds hung on the hilltops. The forests are so green with the rain that they’ve had up here. There is a canopy of green trees and the forest floor is covered in ferns and other green plants and bushes. The car got muddy today.
Monday, we started in Green Bay. We did the tour of Lambeau Field. It was raining in the am, which held down the crowds early. We got to sit in a skybox and go down on the field thru the players tunnel. The gift shop is huge. It’s like a Cabela’s with everything you could ever imagine with a Green Bay logo on it…even appliances and bowling balls! Players practice was at noon – indoors because of the rain and by noon a crowd of hundreds, maybe a thousand had gathered to cheer the players as they arrived for practice. We started north, driving through more showers up past Escanaba. We stopped at a park where some very friendly ducks just about came into our car looking for handouts. One was pecking on the running board. We stopped at two waterfalls as we came into Munising (Wagner Falls and Alger Falls). The paths were wet and slippery, but we managed. Tomorrow, we may boat around Grand Island, do more hiking and then, toward the end of the day, head east toward Newberry and Tahquamenon Falls.