Paddle in the Mist

Kayaking in Copper Harbor is always a highlight for us, when we venture North!  Copper Harbor is located at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.



This year, we took a new route, beginning at Agate Beach.


We started off at 10:00 a.m. in moderate fog.  As you can see from the photographs, the mist was alive and well! We had little to no wind and calm waters, so we were ready to journey on!


Within an hour, the fog lifted.  We explored rock outcroppings, a chain of barrier islands and finger bays.  After a few hours of paddling, we settled for lunch on a 15 acre island that was once a site for mining silver.


There is something magical about the crystal clear and frigid waters of Lake Superior!

The remains of an old boat dock from the days of silver mining on the island.
We discovered the original survey stake on the island!
An old mining shaft.

It was fascinating to see remains of cabins from the days of mining!


I fell in love with this old yellow boat.  It held so many wonderful stories of the past.  As you can see, the mist was joining us once again, which set the tone of the island perfectly!  All that was missing was a flashlight, a fire and a good ghost story!


After a yummy lunch and a bit more island exploration, it was time to continue our paddling journey.


It is always difficult for me to leave a rocky beach.  I could sit and sift through rocks for hours.  I am always excited to discover pieces of sea glass or heart-shaped rocks to add to our collection.


As we continued our journey, the fog decided to roll back in.  Welcome to the ever-changing weather of Michigan!

I could not get enough of the spiny ridge lines that paralleled the peninsula.
Exploring the Arch Rock was an exciting little adventure.

As we began our journey back to Agate Beach, we noticed the weather began to change, once again. One never knows what the weather will be like on the big lake.  Welcome to Michigan!  The fog was rolling in fast, which meant the wind would ride along with it!

We witnessed this wall of white meet the shore!  And just as we predicted, the wind came right along with it!  We made it on land with minutes to spare!
From mist, to sunshine, to fog…and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Some women want diamonds… 

Others want hiking trails, kayaks and the peace and beauty of Mother Nature!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…





22 thoughts on “Paddle in the Mist

  1. WOW!!! What beautiful photographs. I’ve been to Michigan, but never the U.P. Now I want to go just to poke around Agate beach! We have a Jasper beach that I can’t get enough of. I’d love to go rock picking on Agate beach! The scenery is exquisite. Love the arch, too! I could go on and on, but I love all of your pics and I’m thrilled you all had such a good time.

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      1. What about Gnomes? I have a soft spot for gnomes, as well. I’d hate to hurt the feelings of the gnomes. Then again, what about elves? Or Brownies? Perhaps we should talk about dragons and not-so-mythical (in our own minds) creatures. Hey, what if we caught a dragon?

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  2. Wonderful photography. You captured the day perfectly in photos and words. I am in Oregon and only four miles down the road from Agate Beach. Small world. Thank you for sharing Roda, your adventures are always delight to read.

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  3. In your picture of rocks, the very porous ones and especially the spec of blue in the center, look like Lake Superior Blue ‘slag’. Quite valuable to jewelers.
    I use to collect Frankfort Green, Leland Blue, etc from Lake Michigan.
    Wonderful post, thank you

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