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Miners Castle @ Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

17 Sep

We drove about 5 hours to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for sea kayaking on Lake Superior.

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We have kayaked before in The Florida Keys using an open faced kayak, but I have never used a sea kayak before.  The difference is an open face kayak or a sit on top kayak is what the name says, open. It is open to all elements such as getting wet from waves, etc.  A sea kayak has a spraydeck or a skirt that is used to prevent you from getting wet and helps when or if you want to roll your kayak without filing it with water or getting ejected from your seat.

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A sea kayak also has a rudder that is operated by wires that are attached to foot pedals that allow you to control which direction you want to go.  This was Luis’ job.  I enjoyed using the sea kayak compared to the open faced kayak, it was much more comfortable, faster, and glided smoother on the water.

We were lucky that the weather was decent and the waves were very small. The day before our kayak trip, the waves were 4 feet hitting the cliffs.

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Our guide, Carl from Northern Waters was awesome.  He was recently on the cover of Michigan’s outdoor magazine and was very pleasant and patient to teach us the best ways to enjoy the cliffs at Miners Castle.

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Aren’t the layered colors on the sandstone cliffs beautiful? Blues and greens are created by copper, the reddish hues by iron.

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On this day, the water wasn’t as clear as it usually is because a storm had rolled in the day before. It didn’t matter to us, we were still amazed by how clear the water was.  We could see shipwrecks below us as with paddled by as well as some pretty impressive rock formations.

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The view of Miners Beach which is just a few miles from Miners Castle. The sugar sand beach was beautiful and we had it all to ourselves.

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