I grew up spending a week each summer up on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. Many days were spent on the shores of Lake Superior – looking for agates, picking blueberries, skipping rocks, playing in the huge sand dunes, and every once in a while trying to brave the always cold water. Yet in all that time, I didn’t realize there was this whole official “drive around the largest freshwater lake in the world” thing.
We were originally going to just do part of the circle tour and then head east through Canada. Then the house sale fell through. So we figured we would just do the whole circle tour then come back to Illinois until the house sells. Then the truck broke. So sadly we decided to leave the “Houses Wheels” at home, and make the trip cramming as much stuff into our small Honda Fit as we could while tent camping along the way. So off we went to spend 15 days traveling through Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ontario.
The biggest challenge on the trip came when Kimberlee broke her arm protecting the children from a wild bear. Or… maybe she just tripped while hiking. Regardless, she hiked back 4 miles with her arm in a makeshift sling CARRYING A 30 POUND CHILD ON HER BACK (I was carrying the other child – I wouldn’t do that to her!) It was rather fitting that she was wearing a shirt that said: “Strong Women: Be Them, Know Them, Raise Them.” Damn right.
Thanks Canada for your national healthcare – $650 as a non-citizen is still cheaper than an ER visit in the states with insurance
Despite that setback, we still had a wonderful time. Here are some of the highlights of the trip:
Spending time with friends from seminary
Going on a hike with our friends
Spending time with Nick’s parents and grandpa
Picking blueberries with the fam – had blueberry pancakes for dinner!
S’mores were a big hit, of course
We saw LOTS of waterfalls
Our favorite hike on the trip – the Southern Headland trail at Pukaskwa National Park in Canada
This was before the broken arm
Doing some cool stuff
“Mine” your own amethyst was a hit!
We went on a shipwreck tour
The boat had a glass bottom – pretty incredible to see a 100+ year old shipwreck!
Seeing some INCREDIBLE views!
A few of the views from our trip
The rest of the trip is still on a temporary hold as we wait to sell the house. We’ll have to redesign our planned route – but we knew we would have to be flexible with this whole thing. In the meantime, if anyone is looking for some web design work, feel free to send me a note 🙂