On our second day in the Keweenaw Peninsula, we decided to check out the towns of Eagle Harbor and Eagle River! We had breakfast at our B&B, which was so good. They made berry pancakes, with crisp bacon and fresh fruit. Plus, there was always homemade banana bread available in the kitchen day or night. After that, we headed out to explore Eagle Harbor first. Eric's parents went to explore some family history in the area, and Eric and I headed over to Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Some lighthouses you just look forward to more than others, and I was definitely looking forward to this one. I think it's mostly because it's just so beautifully well-kept up, and the Lake Superior shoreline is just gorgeous!
We arrived an hour earlier than when the tours started up, so we waited around, grabbed some pictures and explored the rocks. The original lighthouse was built in 1851, and this current red brick structure replaced it in 1871. We paid our $5 to the little old ladies running the tour, and walked around for a bit reading up on some of the history of the lighthouse. Unfortunately we couldn't climb the tower to this one, because it's still active (coast guard rules). But I'm always so thrilled when I can go inside any lighthouse!
So, I know I've been wearing jeans almost everyday of this trip so far. I packed two pairs of jeans, and a bunch of dresses (and no tights of course, I mean, it's summer!) But, I didn't realize it would be so chilly on the first few days of our trip! So I have one more outfit post after this wearing jeans, and then we'll move onto something a little more exciting. I even had to pull out my heavy duty cardigan for this day too. It was around 50º and cloudy all day. It was fine for exploring and hopping out of the car to check out lighthouses and bridges and waterfalls, but it definitely didn't feel like summer on this day!
After touring the lighthouse and the little town of Eagle Harbor, we headed to Eagle River! We stopped along the way to see Jacob's Falls and to do a little jam and cookie shopping at the Jam Pot. Owned and operated by monks, who reside at the Holy Transfiguration Skete, a Byzantine Catholic monastery. We drove past their monastery, and it was beautiful! We ended up splurging and bought a few different types of homemade jam (thimbleberry being their unique U.P. jam), some PB&J brownies, almond and chocolate oatmeal raisin cookies. Definitely a fun place to stop, and to grab some road trip snacks for those winding curvy roads you'll embark on!
We stopped to check out the Eagle River Timber Bridge. It was beautiful! It's a wooden arch bridge built in 1990. I didn't realize it was so new. It looks historic and perfect for the little town. We also checked out the Eagle River Falls and Dam. Eric, of course, had to climb to the top of the waterfall to do a little exploring. We also walked over to see the Eagle River Lighthouse. It's now been converted into a vacation rental and looked very modern with the updated patio and deck, which I don't always love. But at least people can enjoy it and stay there, which I'll probably have to do someday. ;) After exploring Eagle River, we checked out the ghost town of the Central Mine, grabbed pasties (a U.P. must-do!) in Laurium and had drinks at Red Jacket Brewing Co. in Calumet!