Well last week we were in Marquette for our annual fall bear hunt, which is 44 miles from the boat docks in Munising. My wife and our friend Linda Baltrip made the necessary phone calls and arrangements to do the cruise while we were in the area. They made a reservation for a 10 a.m. trip that would not interfere with our evening bear hunt. The trip was scheduled to last for 2 hours, so we even had time to grab a bite to eat once the cruise was over.
We were able to get some very good seats on the open top deck of the boat which held about 70 passengers. The air was brisk, but the waters of Munising Bay were calm, as were the open waters, once we left the safety of the bay! I had taken a Dramamine, but probably never needed it as the big boat plowed effortlessly through the blue/green waters of Lake Superior!
The Pictures Rock cliff were alive with color, and one can certainly see how they got their name. Caves, colors, and carvings (created by wind and wave) adorned the shoreline as we made our way down this National Treasure of Superior grandeur! Indian Rock, the Three Ships, Castle Rock, waterfalls, and a variety of many other images, begging to be caught on camera, as you cruise these crystal clear waters. On the way back our guide gave us a history lesson about the area, which included Grand Island, to the West of Pictured Rocks. An old wooded lighthouse gives tourist an opportunity to “click” away on their cell phones or camera’s as we slowly sail past.
The Bay itself provides chances for some very unique photo’s, and there is a nice gift shop on the docks to purchase memento’s of your trip. We were so glad our wives “forced” us to do this, but I’m not telling them that “They were right again!” I highly recommend this cruise to anyone venturing into the Upper Peninsula! Trust me you’ll be glad you did!