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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mid Century Furniture Finds

Some treasures we found while thrifting: Kent Coffey nightstand and Curtis Jere style "Birds Over the Sunburst Sun" brass wall hanging. Though the nightstand will need some elbow grease, it is a sturdy piece that will be a great addition to our home. The wall hanging will hopefully go in the dining room with a little cleaning.

Kent Coffey the tableau nightstand

Kent Coffey the tableau nightstand

Kent Coffey the tableau nightstand

Kent Coffey the tableau nightstand

Curtis Jere style "Birds Over the Sun Sunburst"

Curtis Jere style "Birds Over the Sun Sunburst"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chapel Falls, Rock, and Beach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Chapel Rock, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

September 14, 2013

From our campground, we drove 25 miles to Chapel Parking Lot where we planned to hike an 11 mile loop to Chapel Rock, Grand Portal Point, Mosquito Beach, and Mosquito Falls. We started around 7 am with the temperature hovering around 30 deg F and arrived to the parking lot around 8. After a quick swig of coffee at the trailhead and a fast hiking pace on the rising terrain, we were well warmed up.

The trail was wide and easily accommodated both of us. Though it was dry for the latter half of the summer, there were still areas that were wet and muddy. Besides the muddy spots on the trail, we also ran into areas that were washed out and eroded. Other than that, the trail was well maintained and had us hiking on some cool landscape such as steps formed by tree roots. The woods on either side of us went on for as far as our eyes could see and, the further we hiked, the closer to the Lake Superior shoreline we got.

Within half an hour, Chapel Falls came into view. After snapping a couple of pictures, we hiked around to the other side of the falls where the trail turned north, leading us to the shoreline. The trail that paralleled the east side of Chapel Lake and 45 minutes after Chapel Falls, we arrived at Chapel Rock.

Chapel Rock was unassuming, with the trail leading us to a small clearing on top of a cliff. Looking left, we saw a lone tree sitting on top of a sandstone pillar. This was Chapel Rock. Impressive and awe inspiring, Chapel Rock used to be connected to the mainland by a sandstone arch until it collapsed in the 40's. After pausing to take in the view, we continued hiking to Chapel Beach.

We were now hiking on the North Country Trail which snaked along the shores of Lake Superior. There were beach campsites on one side and log steps that led down to the beach on the other. Being 3 miles away from the parking lot and accessible only by hiking, these sites were secluded, quiet, and pristine. We then continued hiking towards Grand Portal Point.

To Chapel Falls

At the trailhead, Chapel Parking Lot

Nice wide trails

Eroded trail

Chapel Falls trail

Chapel Falls viewing platform

Blurry pic of M going down to the viewing platform

Chapel Falls

Chapel Falls source of water

Hiking to get to the 2nd viewing platform

Trail for Chapel Falls

Viewing platform

Another view of Chapel Falls

To Chapel Rock

Trail from Chapel Falls to Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock Trail

Wet forest

Trail to Chapel Rock

Tall trees to Chapel Rock

Avoiding muddy trails

Undulating terrain on the hike to Chapel Rock

Tree root stairs

Chapel Rock up head through the clearing

Chapel Rock with Chapel Beach in background

Cliffside next to Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock's base, eroded sandstone

Chapel Rock

To Chapel Beach

Continued onto the trail left of Chapel Rock to get to Chapel Beach

Lake Superior shoreline

On the North Country Trail, crossing over Chapel Creek

Chapel Creek washing into Lake Superior

North Country Trail to Chapel Beach

View of Chapel Beach and sandstone cliffs of Pictured Rocks

Information about camping

Log steps down to Chapel Beach

M enjoying the view of Chapel Beach

Sandy North Country Trail

Sandy North Country Trail

Chapel Beach