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The Mackinac Bridge, gateway to the Upper Peninsula.

Upper Carp River, Porcupine Mountains (Oct 5).

Lake Superior.

Presque Isle Falls, Porcupine Mountains.

Looking north from Sugar Loaf Mountain as rainstorms come off Lake Superior, Marquette. I would rank this as one of the most beautiful viewpoints I've seen, a photo simply cannot convey the vastness.

The other side of the rainbow and distant rain on Lake Superior, Sugar Loaf Mountain.

The view looking south, towards Marquette, from Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Bond Falls.

Miners Castle, Pictured Rocks (Oct 4).

Sunrise, Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains (Oct 5).

Bright foilage near the Escarpment Trail, Porcupine Mountains.

Bond Falls.

Changing trees, Porcupine Mountains.

The Upper Carp River from Cloud Peak.

Looking east towards Cuyahoga Peak from Cloud Peak, Porcupine Mountains.

Road to the Cascade Falls trailhead, Trap Hills.

Potawatomi Falls, Black River.

A variety of trees, Porcupine Mountains.

Cuyahoga Peak, Porcupine Mountains.

Trap Hills on a rainy day.

Potawatomi Falls, Black River.

The road we drove in on, Trap Hills.

Bond Falls.

Bond Reservoir at sunset.

Trees from Blackjack Mountain on a rainy day.

The Lower Carp River, Porcupine Mountains.

The Copper Peak ski jump which, at 26 stories, is the largest in the world. It's for something called "ski flying" where skiers are launched as far as two football fields (600 feet) in distance. Very few people can do this and no one has jumped here since 1994. Now it is open to the public for viewing the surrounding scenery.

The view west from Brockway Mountain, Keweenaw Peninsula.

The view east, towards the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost point in Michigan, from Bare Bluff.

Manganese Falls drops 45 feet into a very narrow canyon.

Manitou Island, just beyond the tip of the Keweenaw, can be seen on the horizon on the left side of this photo.

Color on the way to Bare Bluff.

Au Sable Point from Log Slide Lookout, Pictured Rocks. There were two surfers in the waves but they are too small to see in this photo.

Grand Sable Dunes during an early October snow storm, Pictured Rocks.

Au Sable Point from Log Slide Lookout, Pictured Rocks.

The view northeast from Grand Portal Point on a stormy day, Pictured Rocks.

Chapel Road, Pictured Rocks.

Forest leading to Miners Beach, Pictured Rocks.

Cliffs northeast of Miners Beach, Pictured Rocks.

Looking north near Arch Rock on Mackinac Island.

Bjorn and I (look closely) standing below Sugar Loaf Rock on Mackinac Island.

Round Island Lighthouse.

Cliffs and Lake Michigan from Fayette State Park.

At one time Fayette was alive with activity.


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Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2011
Ice Climbing at Pictured Rocks with a side trip to Miners Castle.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2010
Ice climbing in the Sand Point area of Pictured Rocks.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
October 2 - 11, 2009
Enjoying fall in the Upper Peninsula from Pictured Rocks to the Porcupine Mountains to the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
October 3, 2009
Spending a short day on the island and enjoying the views, even without the influence of fudge.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 7 - 9, 2008
Skiing & snowshoeing in the Miners Castle & Grand Sable Dunes areas. We also checked out the ice in Grand Marais & Mackinac Straits.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 17, 2007
Hiking along the ice shelf from Twelvemile Beach to Spray Falls.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 27, 2007
Skiing & hiking the Chapel Loop in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a stormy day.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 2 - 4, 2006
Ice climbing and skiing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 7, 2006
A backcountry ski trip to the remote lakeshore cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
July 3 - 4, 2005
Hiking in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and checking out some of the other sights in the area.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 25 - 26, 2011
Backpacking the Chapel Loop in winter, with a side trip to Spray Falls.
Bare Bluff, Michigan
October 8, 2009
A fall hike to Bare Bluff, one of the more scenic areas of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
October 4 - 11, 2009
Some stormy fall weather along the Pictured Rocks lakeshore.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
February 25 - 27, 2009
Ice climbing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
August 30 - September 2, 2007
Back to the Great Lakes with a rare summer visit to Pictured Rocks to see what it all looks like when it's green.
Mackinac Straits & Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 16 - 18, 2007
Skiing to Miners Castle, lingering in the Straits of Mackinac, and some other stuff.
Pictured Rocks in Fall, Michigan
October 7, 2006
Hiking the Chapel Loop & checking out other sights like Spray Falls, Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Munising Falls, Grand Sable Dunes, etc.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 19 - 20, 2006
Skiing & snowshoeing the Pictured Rocks backcountry. Areas visited include: Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Twelvemile Beach, and Spray Falls.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
December 26 - 28, 2005
Winter pictures from Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.