|Pictured rocks. Gorgeous!|
|The view of Lake Superior from my hotel balcony (a room I was upgraded to after a hotel mistake. Score!)|
Munising is an outdoorsman's dream with hiking, boating and basically any outdoor activity you can imagine. Their downtown boasts some charming local shops and restaurants in a short maybe mile stretch of town.
We were fortunate to take a boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore while we were there, and wow. I'd heard it was amazing, and it lived up to its reputation. We were out on Lake Superior on a flawless summer day. The sky was cerulean and the scenery was just amazing. I couldn't quite get over how beautiful the water was. It was extremely clear - like something you'd see in the Gulf Coast only somehow prettier. We spent three hours viewing Pictured Rocks, and it was definitely something I'd recommend for everyone.
On my last morning in Munising I decided to run west away from town (and with hopes of a flatter course). The flatter course was not to be, but the scenery was tranquil. It was so quiet - the only thing I could hear was my breathing and feet pounding the pavement interrupted only by the rare early morning passing car. This time of year the trees were brilliantly green. Living in a city it is rarely quiet. I grew up in the country, and it's been a long time since I've heard such quiet. It was comforting and eerie all at the same time.
Munising is a great attraction. People come from all over the world to see Pictured Rocks, and that alone is worth the drive. We didn't eat out in Munising, but our meeting was catered by Sydney's, a local restaurant. The white fish was incredible, and their breakfast of French toast with delicious whipped cream was amazing.
My family lives south, and generally when we travel we head in that direction. But every time I'm in the UP there's something that hooks me. It reminds me a bit of West Virginia with its small, charming towns, hilly terrain and natural setting. The main difference is we don't have one of the Great Lakes in our backyard in WV. It's really very beautiful, and it seems to me like you've all got a road trip to plan. Pack your running shoes!