“I often create goals which hold no interest of anyone but myself, and then feel compelled to pursue them.” – NMS
Well folks, that’s it! 63 beaches. I kinda rushed to get the last of them up, but there they are. I’m open to feedback if anyone wishes to share. I’ll work on putting together a website now. I do have more information for the beaches. I haven’t yet released my beach ratings, so look forward to that! I’ll once more include my ‘About’ page and ‘How it all began’ post here for sake of providing information… Hope you all enjoyed this. I never tire of talking about the beaches, so please feel free to contact me.
Also, my friend and fellow Yooper – Bugsy – has a blog (Yooper Steez) you should check out, and I wrote a post for him a while back. His link is on my navigation bar, but here is the link to the guest post I wrote: http://www.yoopersteez.com/blog/nature/upper-peninsula-beaches/
How it all began…
An introduction to my Some Beach Tour…
Near the end of July 2009 I sat in my office thinking about how it could very well be the last summer I ever spend in the U.P. I had my MI atlas & gazetteer out on my desk, Google maps on my computer screen, and Pandora’s country hits playing through my earphones. What to do, what to do? Even for a Yooper, I’d done and seen a lot of things; but there’s always something new to try – so what next? I was drawing on my map book in pencil, trying to decide on the best route for a waterfall tour in Skanee/Huron Mountains area. I got to thinking about the beach at the Mouth of the Huron and how that beach is a gem that so few people know about. I began to wonder what beaches I didn’t know about… The U.P. sure has a lot of shoreline, and there’s bound to be beaches near as good as Mouth of the Huron… maybe even better. I happen to be a great enthusiast of beaches – for camping, swimming, relaxing, etc… I had been to a great number of U.P. beaches growing up as a consequence of my mom being a rock hound. But there was still plenty of shoreline I’d never been to. A thorough Internet search revealed to me that it was unlikely anybody had a comprehensive listing of beaches on the U.P. – Lake Superior shoreline. Plenty of lists exist, but they are grossly incomplete, provide little information, and lack a very important element for someone trying to learn about a beach – pictures.
There are 3 things a person must know about me in order to understand the decision I’m about to describe. (1) I am a person of curiosity and interest. (2) When it comes to adventures, I always pick good ones. (3) I often create goals which hold no interest of anyone but myself, and then feel compelled to pursue them. So, naturally, while sitting in my office that morning ignoring the research I should’ve been doing I decided to take it upon myself to swim at every public beach on the U.P. – Lake Superior shoreline. Blake Shelton had started playing… “Well I was driving down the interstate, running 30 minutes late, singing margaritaville and minding my own…” When I left the office I had decided to call my obscure project “Some Beach Tour.”
The ‘About’ page…
In the latter portion of summer I took on a peculiar personal challenge to swim at every public beach on the U.P. shoreline of Lake Superior. 63 beaches later, I consider myself the youngest Yooper expert of beaches. I can name every public swimming hole between Wisconsin and the Sault, and I can describe valuable information about the area, the beach, camping, etc… As I went to each beach I marked their names on a beach-ball and had friends take pictures of me. I took 3 signature pictures at each beach: (1) Shot of me with the ball in my left arm, making the U.P. sign with my right hand and the beach in the background. (2) A close-up of the beach name written on the ball. (3) An action shot of me jumping into the water.
I’ve also put together a rating system for the beaches in order to rank their characteristics and try to establish what is the “best” beach in the U.P. I am unwilling to divulge the results of my calculations just yet, as I am working on putting together a website for all this. What people can make note of, however, is that this website will be the only of its kind. To my knowledge, no other comprehensive listing of beaches along the UP – Superior shoreline exists. Even if such a list does exist, I’m sure it would not include a firsthand account of each beach, documented photography, and helpful information regarding “beach rating” criteria.
This is a photographical timeline of my Some Beach Tour.