A Mini-Honeymoon in the Porkies

Christian and I plan on going to the Canadian Rockies for a few weeks next summer for our official honeymoon but we decided to take a mini one this fall at our favorite place - the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Michigan. We turned our backpacking trip into a luxury vacation by staying at a different rustic cabin each night. Schlepping a pack over rivers and through the woods to sleep in a woodshed with no running water or electricity may not sound like the lap of luxury to most of you, but to us it was heaven. 

Day 1 (October 10, 2010) - Backpacked from Overlooked Falls down the Little Carp River Trail to the Big Carp 6 Cabin.  8.3 miles.

Top photos: Views along the Little Carp River on our hike to the cabin.
Bottom photos: Our cabin on the Big Carp River and Lake Superior. Perfect setting!

Day 2 (October 11, 2010) - Morning hike from the cabin up the Big Carp River trail to Shining Cloud Falls and back. Then backpacked 7 miles on the Lake Superior Trail to Buckshot Cabin.

Clockwise from top left: Beautiful autumn colors. Christian pumping water from Lake Superior by our 2nd cabin. Sweet rock graffiti from my husband - don't worry, it's not permanent. The inside of Buckshot cabin. I cooked apple biscuits over the stove the next morning.

Day 3 (October 12, 2010) - Packed the Lake Superior Trail out to the park road. Then we trudged up to Lake of the Clouds and took the North Mirror Lake Trail in to our 3rd cabin. About 8.5 miles.

Clockwise from top left: A view of the Big Carp River from Lake of the Clouds overlook. Evening canoeing on Mirror Lake. The squishy trail into Mirror Lake. Our little cabin in the woods. Lake of the Clouds overlook - This is the exact spot where Christian proposed to me last November!

I hope you enjoyed hiking through the Porkies with us. For more photos from this trip, please visit my flickr page.


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