Just outside of Marathon is Pukaskwa National Park. We saw the brochures and map for this park at another stop, and I got it in my head that we had to do it, much to the consternation of Fisher.
Arrived in Marathon and had lunch and then proceeded to drive over to the location of the park, but I hadn’t realized both how far outside of Marathon it was, nor how desolate the road would seem to be. Had a little anxiety about breaking down on the side of the road, without any traffic going by to help, but it was totally unfounded as we rolled into the park.
We had decided to do one of the easy trails and made our way to the Beach… and Horseshoe Bay, where we ended up spending a couple of hours playing in the water (still a little cold, considering it it Lake Superior), collecting driftwood walking sticks, and the kids acted like they were cavemen.
After the dip, we decided to do another one of the trails and fell in love with the place, and the pictures do it no justice. On the walk, we decided to head back to Marathon and see if we could find a hotel for the night, to return in the morning for another trail and dip.
It was not meant to be, as all 3 motels were booked solid, so we took off for Terrace Bay, and hoped that we would find a roof over our head there for the night.
Lesson learned: Once you realize you really like a place, book your night stay sooner rather than later, as at one of the motels we just missed our chance at accommodation.