|Marquette Harbor Light
|Sailboats in Marquette's harbor
I took two morning runs while in Marquette. The first morning, I left our rented house near Northern Michigan University and ran north on Presque Isle Avenue toward Presque Isle Park. It started pouring about two minutes into my run, but I continued on and the rain slowed to a drizzle for most of my eight-mile run. A right turn onto Hawley Street brought me to a beautiful view of Presque Isle's breakwater and lighthouse.
|Presque Isle breakwater and light at dawn
I turned north on Hawley and ran around the perimeter of Presque Isle Park. The 323-acre peninsula ("presque isle" is French for almost an island) has forested foot trails throughout its interior, but I stuck to the even pavement of the outer road. The visibility was low due to the rain, and I did not want to stumble on the muddy trails. I ran with light feet along the wet road, trying to remain silent with the hope of seeing the albino deer that reportedly live on the island, but I saw only a few white-tailed deer as I entered the park.
|Presque Isle on a rainy morning
|The rocky shores of Presque Isle
|The sun beginning to rise over Lake Superior
|Ore dock in Marquette
I ran about 5 miles total out and back. As I approached Shiras Park on the way back to our house, I noticed a few people staring toward the water, so I decided to interrupt my run to see what the fuss was about. I do not normally like to stop in the middle of a run, but I was happy that I ignored my urge to keep running.
|The sun peeking out from the horizon
|The sun over Picnic Rocks
|My wife went for a run shortly after I did, and the sky was still beautiful.