I Dream of The Big Island…

It is difficult to believe that it has been almost a year since we departed for our Our Big Island Adventure!  How can this be?  I still dream about this magical journey!  As I relive this beautiful trip in my head, I thought I would share the links to the series, just in case you might need a tropical escape, as well…

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https://growingself.blog/2017/05/16/our-big-island-adventure-part-1/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/17/our-big-island-adventure-part-ii/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/18/our-big-island-adventure-part-iii/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/20/our-big-island-adventure-part-iv/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/22/our-big-island-adventure-part-v/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/23/our-big-island-adventure-part-vi/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/24/our-big-island-adventure-part-vii/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

https://growingself.blog/2017/05/26/our-big-island-adventure-final-days/

 

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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The Wall…

Photo Challenge: Unusual

Living in Michigan, I am accustom to unusual weather.  It can be sunny one minute and hailing the next.  Last week, while kayaking off of Copper Harbor, in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the most unusual “Wall of Fog” appeared out of nowhere and engulfed Lake Superior within just a few moments…

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The perfect weather for paddling!
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From the other direction, we noticed this…
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If only this panoramic could show movement.  This rolling wall of fog was moving quickly!  Maybe there are Tsunamis in Michigan!
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With some quick paddling, we were off the water minutes before the wall hit the shore.
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The blue sky and bright sunshine vanished, as the wind picked up and delivered a heavy mist.

“In the waves of change, we find our true direction…”

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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I could not get enough of the spiny ridge lines that paralleled the peninsula.
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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!

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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!
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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…

Roda

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