Temperance River and Father Baraga's Cross
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On the way to our next campground we stopped in Temperence State Park for some geocaching. The first location was near the visitor center. No big deal I thought, until a dozen cars pulled in behind us. They were all checking in for camping. Apparently the weekend begins tonight and the campground was full. I had to sneak around all the campers and people out playing in the river to find the cache. No problems.
We decided to skip the waterfalls since we’ve both seen them before and were anxious to get our site set up in the next park. The falls here are called Hidden Falls because you can only see them by peering through a crevasse in the rocks of the gorge. There are some nice trails that wander around the mouth of the river, including over a little footbridge.
Well, almost. I bought some stickers at the Ben Franklin store that showed sites along the North Shore. One was Father Baraga’s Cross. What is that? How have I never heard of it before? It was marked along the highway so we turned off for a quick stop. Father Baraga was a missionary out to convert the local Indians. He got caught in a storm on the lake and his boat got washed up on a sandbar at the mouth of the Cross River. He erected a wooded cross there in thanks for sparing his life. It has been replaced by a granite cross with a plaque explaining his story. Not much to see but a neat little stop.