On The Shores of Lake Superior

Our cabin is just a few yards from the Lake Superior shoreline.


Here’s the view from our porch. We are in a genuinely isolated spot, reachable only through several miles of dirt roads. No neighbors are visible. The air is bracing and scented with pine, balsam, and hemlock.


The lake here is bordered by a narrow strip of sandy beach. This is lucky, as beaches here tend to be more rocky than sandy. This is the view looking east. Judy and I are not nearly hardy enough to swim or even wade in the water (too cold!), but the sand is soft and warm, nice for walking.


This is our cabin, seen from the beach.


And here’s the view looking west, towards the Porcupine Mountains. They’re not really mountains since they top out at about 1,500 feet. But in this part of the country that’s as close as we get to mountainous.


The beach is littered with massive amounts of driftwood. Trees fall into the numerous rivers that drain into the lake, then end up on the shores. Sometimes they end up with odd or intriguing shapes. I have dubbed this one the Sea Anteater.

Today Judy and I went on a hike in the Porcupines (or the Porkies, as they call it here) that left us stiff and sore. We may just take chairs down to the beach tomorrow and read for most of the day.

That’s all for now.

35 Comments on “On The Shores of Lake Superior

    • When I was there 39
      Years ago bugs made the shore unbearable. Glad that’s not the case for you.

  1. This place sounds wonderful to me, make sure you read all day on the beach! We have just returned early from a trip to Europe, as I was knocked over by cyclist (in Vienna) and have a broken wrist…SO I’m done with crowds for a while, and your lovely quiet secluded spot looks just right….enjoy!

  2. Looks and sounds like somewhere I would like to take a break! Enjoy the rest of your getaway. πŸ™‚

    • The sea anteater made me think of you, Pat! How are you doing with transforming your fallen tree?

    • I wondered — there is a certain similarity. We are having a family reunion in early July and we’ll vote then on a name for it.

  3. What a beautiful area to have a languid time. That driftwood is fantastic. I can almost see it moving down the beach on its own.

  4. As soon as I read the words “No neighbors are visible,” I knew I had to comment and tell you that it sounds like heaven. Have a wonderful time.

  5. A beautiful place. Perfect for reading after a day of hiking.

  6. Wonderful relaxing vacation Jason! It sound like nobody noise and shout there, silence and pine smell everywhere. Wish a nice time there to Judy and you!

  7. Enjoy! I hope you have cooler weather up there, should be a scorcher this weekend so enjoy those cool lake breezes for me! πŸ™‚

    • It was brutal the day we left, also the black flies came out! For the rest of the trip the weather was pretty good.

  8. What a lovely retreat! I love the sandy shores of the Great Lakes. I haven’t spent much time on Superior but it has such a spectacular shoreline. I agree, it is very cold. Definitely too cold for swimming but it is magnificently clear!

    • A few hardy souls do go swimming there. I am not that hardy. Also, there are smaller inland lakes that are much warmer.

  9. Looks like a beautiful and restful place! I’ve never been to Lake Superior but have seen Lake Michigan several times when we used to live in WI. Interestingly, we visited several beaches there and in some the water was unbearably cold and others were warm enough that we spent a couple of hours just sitting in the water!
    Love the sea anteater!! πŸ˜€

    • We lived in Wisconsin for a couple of years as well. Plus we get to see Lake Michigan here in Chicago, it really contributes to the city’s quality of life.

  10. That looks absolutely idyllic! We went to a waterfall that cascaded down the side of a mountain on our holiday and even though the water was FRIGID we couldn’t resist dipping our feet in – we were quite hot from our hike so it was actually refreshing, although 20 seconds are so was about the most we could do.

  11. Sounds and looks like heaven, especially while wallowing in this heat and humidity!

  12. What a dream! It’s nice to know there are still places that are remote and idyllic. I can almost hear the quiet and breathe the clean air from your photographs. Thank you!

  13. I enjoy nature, solitude, and plenty of dirt roads between me and what passes for civilization, so this appeals, and I’m glad for you that you can enjoy it for a time. I know you will!

  14. This looks like heaven to me, I just love solitude. The Sea Anteater had me smiling, what an apt name. Enjoy your holiday.xxx

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