Just five miles to the east of Grand Marais on Lake Superior, a lonely rock island simply named Five Mile Rock stands strong against the fury of the big lake. While it looks small from shore, when you kayak out to it, it looms tall overhead. It’s surprisingly big and it looks small from shore, because it’s about 3/4s of a mile offshore. I just loved how big the Milky Way looked overtop of Five Mile Rock and snagged this shot of it. You can just see it if you look close enough.
Five Mile Rock is a seagull rookery, so you don’t want to go near it this time of year, and it holds its odor until late into the year so you don’t want to go near it later in the year. When training for long kayaking trips, I’ll paddle from Grand Marais to the rock and back for a quick training run.