Twelve Mile Beach & Pictured Rocks

What could be more perfect than a trip with one’s best college girlfriends?  Nothing!  It was only made better by the fact that we went up to the U.P. and stayed at Twelve Mile Beach and got to see, swim, and climb Pictured Rocks.  Let me rewind.

Me and four of my girlfriends from college loaded up one of the girl’s parents’ mini vans with all our gear and we were on our way late Friday morning.  By the time we got to the U.P. all the camping spots were taken.  So we crashed at a local motel in Grand Marais.  It was fun hanging out at the local brewery where a rather drunk gentleman had us hula hooping in the middle of the bar!  What a sight that was!

Saturday morning we headed early to Twelve Mile Beach and grabbed an awesome sight right on the bluff to Lake Superior.  It was and is breathtakingly beautiful.  We had a little trail that led right to the water.  It was our own little piece of paradise.

After we unloaded and set up camp, on Saturday we got our day bags packed and went for a hike to Mosquito Beach.  The total hike was about 8 miles long.  Half way through the hike we got to stop and swim.  The awesome thing about the swimming is that there was a ledge that made the water about 2 feet deep quite far out, and then wa-bam it drops off into an abyss of darkness and depth!  Lo, Beth, and I jumped off into the abyss holding hands because it was kind of creepy.  🙂

This is Lo and Nik enjoying the rock ledge which leads to the "abyss."

This is Lo and Nik enjoying the rock ledge which leads to the “abyss.”

Swimming out past the ledge, we swam to these cavern like cut outs. We got to climb on the Pictured Rocks. It was hard to get through certain parts, but challenging.  It’s always good to challenge oneself from time to time.  🙂

These are the caverns we swam to and climbed in and around.

These are the caverns we swam to and climbed in and around. The picture is taken from the boat tour.

The only bad thing about the hike, and about the whole trip really, were the mosquitos and the darned biting flies! They were awful. And I really mean awful. At breakfast in the morning, we’d all be covered up in long clothes, or towels, to keep ourselves away from the demons. Oh it was bad.  But anyway — back to the good!

After the hike we headed back to the campsite and just hung out and had girl time.  We also made hobo pies for dinner that night (different than ours, Benny, with chicken!) and we did the biscuit on a stick thing — only this time we put Nutella in the cooked biscuit.  It was/is heavenly.  Mmm…I can taste it now!

Sunday we drove and found a sweet beach with awesome rocks to climb and we jumped off the rocks into the water.  These rocks were probably 15-20 feet high and you had to jump far enough out to clear the rocks that were in the water.  It reminded me of pier jumping growing up in St. Joe.  It was scary and exhilarating.  I loved it.

Me and my beautiful friends at sunset on Lake Superior.

Me and my beautiful friends at sunset on Lake Superior.

After swimming and becoming thoroughly wiped, we took a 2.5 hour boat tour of the rocks at sunset.  It was so wonderful.  It was nice to just relax and see the beauty from the water.  We got to see a 13 mile stretch of the rocks.  And of course, pictures never capture quite how beautiful it is in real life, keep that in mind.

Here are a few more shots I thought were too good not to show you!

Gorgeous lines.

Gorgeous lines.

Check out the roots on that tree, growing from the little island the tree is on, to the land on the right.

Check out the roots on that tree, growing from the little island the tree is on, to the land on the right.

How beautiful is that water?!  Love it.

How beautiful is that water?! Love it.

Anyway — I hope you’ve enjoyed my little jaunt through Pictured Rocks.  It was a blast and a good time with friends.  Two thumbs up for Twelve Mile Beach and Pictured Rocks.  🙂