Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium


I attended the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium July 13th through the 17th held in Grand Marais Michigan in the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior.

GLSKS Kayaks At The Beach

GLSKS Kayaks At The Beach

This is perhaps the reason I have not been able to blog for a week.  WIFI is available there but limited, motels may advertise it but have no signal, wireless cell coverage is spotty.  This is the UP.

The 2011 Grand Marais High School Graduation class has all of five students.  There is one grocery store and not a very good one – I could not find anything good to make a lunch for my Kayak trip to the Pictured Rocks.  There are two bars, one a brew pub The Lake Superior Brewing Co., The Sportsman bar is the only place for breakfast in town.  Both bars have excellent food, but I found the whitefish significantly better at the Sportsman.  Get the Southern Omelette at the Sportsman at breakfast, you won’t be disappointed, but don’t go there before 8:00 AM.  Only the locals can get in for coffee before that.

Don’t be in a hurry in Grand Marais, relax and enjoy it, things just move at a different pace there.  It is very picturesque

Grand Marais Harbor

Grand Marais Harbor

with the protected  Harbor on one side of town and Lake Superior on the other side with fantastic sunsets.  There are sandy beaches and crystal clear water.  Weather can change quickly and be very calm or a raging storm at any given time.  Water temps are typically cold.

Grand Marais Harbor View

Grand Marais Harbor View

I will continue this blog about the GLSKS in a couple of posts, so watch for more.  Remember summer is here, Start Kayaking!

Lake Superior sunset

Lake Superior Sunset July 13th

Lake Superior Sunset July 16th

Lake Superior Sunset July 16th

 

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