Grand Marais, Part 3

After our long hike to Chapel Falls/Beach and Mosquito Beach/Falls, we drove to Munising, parked near the harbor, and toured downtown Munising on foot.  Similar to many other Upper Peninsula towns, it seemed to be struggling.  We saw many empty commercial buildings, many recently closed.  We ordered beers (UPA’s) at the Barge Inn and hung out in their beer garden for the latter part of the afternoon.  No food was served in the bar, so they directed us to a stand behind the bar that sold food.  I had a burger.  Julia had a taco assortment, and we topped it off with onion rings.  Our appetites were on overdrive so we walked over to Dairy Queen and had some ice cream later

Around 8 pm., we boarded the boat for a two-hour cruise. Continue reading

Grand Marais, Part 2

Day Three:  We had big plans for day three, but rain and muddy road/trail conditions made us reassess.   The main road through Pictured Rocks is paved (H58), but some of the roads to trailheads are not.  The Visitors Center warned us not to try the unpaved road to Little Beaver Lake trailhead.  It was not in great condition, and she did not recommend it for our low clearance wheelchair van.   She thought we could make the Chapel Falls trailhead if it wasn’t actively raining.  As we started out, drizzle and fog greeted us. Continue reading

Grand Marais, Michigan

Last week, after dropping Justin off at Easter Seals camp, Julia and I drove the Toyota Sienna wheelchair van  to Grand Marais, Michigan, where Julia had booked a small cottage for us to stay. We elected to take the van because to save time and for its better gas mileage.  In retrospect, because of its low ground clearance and importance to my son for transportation, we should have chosen more wisely (more on that later)

Grand Marias is a small town (population 200) on the Upper Peninsula that is the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Seashore.  The town is compact enough to walk everywhere.  Continue reading