Spent the morning wandering through Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Michigan was a home for trumpeter swans until they were hunted into extinction for ladies accessories in Europe in the 1800s. A few from Canada and Alaska were reintroduced in the 1980s and they have succeeded quite well. A swan was the first bird I saw. I also saw my first bald eagle of the trip, though I do not have a picture–he was high in a tree quite a distance away. I saw an eagle and an osprey nest. I saw all kinds of birds–loons, ducks, finches, etc. There was a beaver swimming around in one lake–many people know that on July 3, 2013 I was chased by an angry beaver in the Riley Outpatient Parking garage. #NeverForget.
Anyway, it was quite a wonderful place and I could have easily stayed for much longer.
I was going to go to Munising and do a boat cruise at 1pm, but I spent so much time at Seney taking pictures and watching the wildlife that I missed the time. So, I went at 5pm instead, and boy am I glad I did. The light from the western sun was amazing for photography. I did the Pictured Rock tour of Lake Superior. Here are some of my photos…I took a lot.
We docked around 7:30 and I drove the hour back. It was close to sunset, so I grabbed a quick picture of the lighthouse visible from my campsite. What a wonderful day in a magical place. I’ll definitely be visiting the UP again.