After we finished exploring waterfalls, there was an option to go back to Lakenenland. It was a few miles out of the way to go back, so I'm glad we did. Lakenenland is obviously a labor of love. Tom Lakanen's self-professed "Junkyard Art" is a feast for the eyes. I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but to me it was Earl Gray, English Breakfast, peppermint, green, oolong and ginger tea. Quite a selection to be sure. All the art is created by Tom Lakenen, LLC.
You can drive through the sculpture garden, but I wanted to walk it...get up close and personal. You will notice as you enter there are some political signs directing the Planning and Zoning Boards of Chocolay Township to stay off his property. Apparently he feels harassed and has a definite point of view about it. Don't let that stop you from touring his property.
|The "road sign" into his park, 15 mi. west of Marquette|
Enough about that, let's get to the fun stuff. During the summer, entertainers perform on the stage he built. There is also a picnic pavilion with a large fireplace, complete with hot dog or marshmallow roasters on the mantelpiece. Whimsy is evident wherever you look.
|Bandstand and seating|
|Table in picnic pavilion|
|Big fireplace for wood fires|
|Very nice planter|
|A band saw with an umbrella (and Bob)|
|Mama bear protecting cubs|
|A new kind of totem pole?|
|Scary creatures in the woods!|
|Look at them chompers!|
|Bob groovin' with coyote.|
|Chuck and Snoop|
|I found more sunflowers! Happy place.|
|I love it.|
|Never know what you'll find here.|
|Don't you just love this face?|
|Even a slot machine!|
|Bowling balls on tree|
|Very cool woodpecker|
|Don't mess with Peaches!|
|Bob calls this one "Hairstyle in the mirror."|
|With lots of invaders.|
|Red, white and blue through and through|
|Finnish sled dog race in the U.P., I guess|
|Don't you think it suits Bob perfectly?|
|And then I found the Bog Walk. Had to go do it.|
|Marsh or bog with many cattails|
|The 3/4 moon through the arch|
From there, we headed east on MI 28 back to our campsite. The sun lowered in the sky and we thought we might see a sunset over Lake Superior. It wasn't to be as the highway moved away from Lake Gitchee Gumee.
As we drove along, I looked over my right shoulder and, lo and behold, a sunset. It was at Deer Lake Roadside Park. Luckily there were two entrances and I told Bob, "We have to stop! Sunset!" He made in into the second driveway just in time for us to catch this beautiful sunset over Deer Lake.
|Deer Lake Roadside Park|
|Deer Lake sunset|
The kitties say, "Goodnight, y'all."
|Sunnie and Bowie|