Travel Journal (7/22/21): Great Lakes Trip Review

Great Lakes Trip - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

As the world starts to increasingly talk about COVID-19 related lockdowns again, it has been an increasingly depressing summer on the travel front. That is why it was really good to get out and do some traveling, even if it was only to some local spots in the Midwest United States. On a positive note, I was able to visit some locations that I have really wanted to visit for some time, but have been putting off because of larger travel goals. I think many of us forget how beautiful our own areas are when wanderlust gets a hold of us. In this travel journal entry, I am going to give you an overview of my Great Lakes trip and let you know what aspects of the trip I really enjoyed and which I found challenging.

Great Lakes Trip
Great Lakes Road Trip

Great Lakes Road Trip Overview

Great Lakes Trip - Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

In case you don’t follow my blog closely, this summer I chose to take a Great Lakes trip to some of the top kayaking and hiking destinations in the state of Michigan. As you can see in the map below, after departing Milwaukee, my first stop was to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on the shores of Lake Superior. This is a park that I have visited in the past, but have never really had a lot of time to explore. Not only did I dedicate a full day to exploring the park, but I also spent some time exploring some of the beautiful waterfalls in the neighboring area. After leaving the park, I headed to nearby Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to do some hiking along the coastline and spent the next two days kayaking in Pictured Rocks and at the infamous Turnip Rock near Port Austin, Michigan. It ended up being a very memorable trip with some of the best hiking and kayaking that I have done in quite a while. If you haven’t taken a Great Lakes trip yet, I would strongly suggest checking this beautiful area of the United States out when you have a chance.

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My Favorite Parts of the Trip

Great Lakes Trip - Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Overall, my Great Lakes trip was an amazing trip. I got to see and do a lot of things that I have been wanting to accomplish for quite some time, but have never made time for. One of my favorite parts of the trip was by far the kayaking. I have kayaked in Lake Superior before when I visited the Apostle Islands, so I had some idea of what to expect. However, everything in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is at such a larger scale. The seaside cliffs are much bigger, and so are the crowds. While I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the coastline, I was a little turned off by how busy it was in the water along the pictured rocks.

If you are looking to get away from the crowds and kayak in peace and quite, then the Apostle Islands is probably a much better destination for you. However, I think every avid kayaker will enjoy the sheer beauty and challenge of kayaking along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at least once in their lives. One thing that I would love to do is camp out down by the lake at either Mosquito Beach or Chapel Beach. It would be such an incredible experience to watch the sun rise and set over the tall lakeside cliffs and be able to kayak in the lake all day long. I am definitely adding that experience to my ever-growing travel adventure bucket list.

Upcoming Travel Blog Material

Great Lakes Trip - Turnip Rock

One of my favorite parts about traveling is sharing those experiences with others. I absolutely love to hear about other people’s travel experiences because it helps me find new places to visit and exciting adventures to have. I started this travel blog because I wanted to be able to help other people discover new places and new experiences for themselves. After taking this Great Lakes trip, I am really excited to start developing some more travel guides and articles to share my experiences with you. In the coming months, you can expect to see the following blog articles from me:

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Guide
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Visitor Guide
  • Turnip Rock Kayaking Guide
  • Photography Guide for Kayakers
  • The Ultimate American Great Lakes Road Trip Itinerary

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  1. Looks like a great place to see..hoping we will get back to traveling soon.

  2. I’m glad you had a great trip. Is your autumn travel abroad still a go, or has it become a wait-and-see situation? I sure hope it’s the former.

    • Thank you! It was so much fun! I need to get over to your blog and read about your latest trip!

      My autumn travel is still a go, but I am getting nervous about it. I just want to get to the point where we can travel again. I’ll do any testing, vaccination, or mask wearing they want me to. Just let me travel 😃🤞

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