Agawa Beach and the First Post of Firstness

Photo #1: Agawa BeachLocation Taken: Agawa Bay Campground
Time Taken: June 2010

There’s something somewhat peculiar about writing this first post. I’ve thought about it on and off for years, and have been seriously considering it for months.

And now, here I am, writing it.

I never had any doubt about which photo I would start with. As soon as I started planning this first post, this image was set for it. I’m not sure what drew me to it over the other excellent photos I could have chosen, perhaps a mixture of good composition and good memories.

This was taken at Agawa Bay Campground in Lake Superior Provincial Park, right off the Trans-Canada Highway on the eastern shore of Lake Superior. I put the coordinates in that location link above if you want to see exactly where it is. I’ll probably keep doing so for my pictures, since I know I like seeing exactly where things are. I’m odd like that. And odd in many other ways, but that’s topics for later blog posts.

My family visited Agawa Bay in June of 2010, part of a cross-country trip to visit my sister. I suppose “cross-countries” would be more accurate, since we drove from Maryland to Seattle via the Trans-Canada Highway (which, just in case you hadn’t realized, goes across Canada) and back via Wyoming and Minnesota (for those who needed that last hint, that meant we went across the USA). I’ll be showing lots of photos from that trip, since I took a few thousand that month.

We had been planning on camping at a different campground in the Provincial Park, but were running a little behind and the sun was already going down by the time we got to the park. Agawa Bay Campground was the one closest to us, so we stopped there instead.

This was an awesome decision.

This is a gorgeous campground, literally right on the beach. And the view is fantastic. It turned out to be one of my favorite camping experiences that whole trip, and that is actually saying something. I highly recommend it for anyone camping in this area, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all, since this is by no means a populated area. The closest town is Wawa, 55 miles (90 kilometers) away. There is little around but pure nature.

This particular photo was taken in the morning, right down by the water line. It’s not exactly the best beach for swimming, between the rocks and the cold Lake Superior water, but it is an excellent beach for photography.