We do cook over an open fire most nights (much better than using the gas range or the convection oven). One night we cobbled together a meal of grass-fed organic sirloins purchased at a local farm we visited, some long grain wild rice hand harvested by native american indian tribes using traditional methods (available only in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin), and some fresh local greens from the Munising Farmers Market. To top it off, we opened a bottle of 2002 Keever Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville, Napa Valley). Definitely not roughing it.
This campsite in the Hiawatha National Forest was 10 minutes from Lake Superior in one direction and 10 minutes to dozens of inland lakes in the opposite direction. We were five miles from town, but had absolutely zero noise at night. Ours was the only camp fire or light for miles. We could walk the dogs anytime without needing to worry about running into other people or cars. It would have been nice
to be on a lake or stream, but if we were, it probably wouldn't have been as secluded (or as bug-free).
There are too many great photos to post them all. Here are some for now. I would say the hiking, lakes, streams, beaches, and scenery are as good as anything we saw in a month in New Zealand....and this place is a lot less crowded than NZ! If you're thinking of going to New Zealand for the outdoor activities of the South Island, save yourself some money and check out the area around Munising, MI first.
Just miles and miles of empty white sand beaches. You can drive to some of them or hike in for even wilder scenery.
Some of the 300 foot cliffs seen from the lake.
Another typical sunset. (they never get boring)