Sunday, June 27, 2010
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been on my bucket (beach bucket?) list for along time and, despite this short visit, it remains on it. This trip was too quick and too gray. And a boat would have been nice. Of course, if I ever make it back, I suspect the bugs will also be here - and they were gratefully absent today.
Miners Castle and Beach are among the few parts of this shoreline you can drive to. The brightly colored rocks that form the cliffs are Cambrian sandstones. The sandy beach rose to dunes and a low forested bluff, while rock cliffs rose in the distance. Although water levels fluctuate a few feet on Lake Superior, it isn't like Lakes Huron/Michigan which have chronically fallen over the Holocene, so there aren't a series of beach ridges disappearing into the trees like on Georgian Bay.