Lake Superior Trip – Day 10
October 2, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wow, ten days already!
We rolled out of bed at 5:45 this morning for sunrise. We still haven’t found a spectacular sunrise spot, but after what we saw last night at Miner’s beach, I think it’s safe to go ahead and try that location again.
This time, we walked to the middle section of the beach and gave that a go. There were some nice clouds in the sky and I had expected the clouds nearest the sun to be the prime candidates for a photo, but that wasn’t the case. Turns out the clouds opposite the sunrise were a really nice pinkish / purplish color so I pointed that glass in their direction.
I decided a to “straddle” the tripod in the area where the waves were breaking along the beach to give a nice leading line into the shot. As the first waves soaked my legs and shorts, I noticed they seemed a lot colder this morning than last night. Probably has more to do with the time of day and 59 degree air temp than the water.
At any rate, the light was still pretty good, and had I not just seen the sunset from last night, I probably would have thought it stellar.
The shot itself seems to show a lot of promise, so I’m hoping we already have a good shot for the day.
From the beach, it was back off to the camper to finalize Grant’s Jr. Ranger packet for Pictured Rocks. Once complete, we made a bee-line for the visitor center where he received his badge. That’s two for this trip!
I wanted to spend the afternoon scouting for new locations between Munising and Marquette, so we decided to have lunch at the Marquette Perkins then work our way back.
We also made a quick stop at the local Gander Mountain to pick up some backpacking supplies and found a super-nice NorthFace backpack on sale that was just Grant’s size. His regular pack, well, sucks, so I’m hoping this new pack makes the trip better for him. We’ll know after our night at Chapel Beach tomorrow.
We spent the rest of the afternoon scouting along the beaches of L. Superior and specifically AuTrain Bay. We found an area we liked and went back to the camper for dinner.
After a surprisingly good dinner (“surprisingly” cuz I made it), it was back to AuTrain to see if we could get a sunset. We were a couple hours early, so Grant spent some time constructing a sand castle along the mouth of the AuTrain River where it empties into the lake.
When sunset finally came, the clouds decided we didn’t really need a photo that night. A small part of the sky still looked pretty good, so I grabbed a telephoto and tried a composition. Not sure if that’s gonna be a keeper or not. (After The Trip Note – Yeah, it wasn’t a keeper)
Not sure where I’m going tomorrow morning, just need to get some sleep now.
Grant’s video for that day:
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