What’s with all the Mini Coopers?!

Day two on the Upper Peninsula started out later than we were planning – probably due to the truck noise from the first campsite. Our plan was to travel up to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the northern coast of the Upper Peninsula. It was about an hour and a half from where we were, so we had some driving in front of us. The Upper Peninsula reminds me a bit of northern Maine, a lot of forested area with some marshes, little lakes, and long long roads without a lot of people living on them.

While driving through one of the little towns, we saw a sign that said ‘Welcome Mini Coopers!’ We then saw about 20 different Mini Coopers parked in town. We didn’t know what was going on until we saw a sticker on one of the Minis parked at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – it turns out that it’s part of ‘Mini Takes the States 2016’ , which is a biennial trip taken by Mini Cooper owners. It’s also pretty cool that they’re working with Feeding America to defy hunger across America.

One of the stickers from the Minis – they’re following a similar route to us!
Really – there were Minis EVERYWHERE.

We eventually got to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – where, unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to do a longer hike like we wanted to  – but we still were able to make it to Miner’s Castle to view some of the pictured rocks and Sand Point – a beach on Lake Superior. I felt like I was looking out on an ocean looking out on Lake Superior. The water was also much greener than I expected.

Looking out towards Miner’s Castle, with the vastness of Lake Superior in the background
Miner’s Castle
Green waters of Lake Superior
Katie dipping her toes into Lake Superior at Sand Point.

For those of you wondering why Katie was wearing a winter hat in July -it was 60 and extremely windy on the shores of Lake Superior. A winter hat and fleece were warranted.


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