Weekend Warrior Edition #1 (in no particular order) of several had so far.
Thanks to some adventure buddies, Marc & Anna, I have had a good run of weekend fun lately – most recently, the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Last week Minnesota, this week Michigan, next week…Montana? sigh…I wish.
We were chasing down fall, and a recent solar storm which stirs up the Aurora Borealis activity, but we only found a little peek of fall and some super clear skies, yet no light show. We camped the first evening within hearing Superior’s waves crash on a beach 40 feet below our tenting ledge. Hiking in the next day past Union Spring – and what do you know – a true spring bubbling up. Dreams of jumping in for a soak were quickly doubled back on after touching the water. Like ice. We found a superior camping spot, with superior views, for superior moments (copyright, Anna) with a wide open view of the Lake of the Clouds Basin and some trees working on poking their reds and oranges through on leaves. In one photo below, you might be able to peep the Bald Eagle soaring above the tree line. The next day, we woke up to estimated 40 mph wind gusts and impending rain, which soaked us on our hike back. Already dripping, why not go to a waterfall anyway? And then, since you’re wet and have made it back to the car, WHY NOT just go jump in Lake Superior? I know, that’s what I said!!
A quick run, dive into, and stumble out of the shores of Superior rounded out our trip. Turns out, the air temperature (about 65 F) that day warmed us right back up instantly after exiting the water, which I estimated (based off years of Pacific hydro-temp-guessing), was probably in the high 50s F. If you’re into Polar Plunging yourself, check out my last photo – this is what one should have ready upon exiting your plunge. At the least. Note the bandanna – 10/10 recommend an actual pack towel instead:)