Places to Go: Black Rocks Cliff Diving and Swimming Hole

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If cliff diving is your thing, keep reading. Located just outside of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, Presque Isle Park is home to one of best swimming spots in the state of Michigan. Black Rocks offer visitors the chance to jump from its fifteen-foot cliffs into the beautiful Lake Superior water. Granted the best time to take advantage of this is during August when the hottest weather tends to grace us with its presence. The park itself is not too big and getting to Black Rocks is a matter of finding a parking spot and hiking to the northeast corner of the park.

When you’re done with Black Rocks, head into Marquette itself and find yourself a seat at the Blackrocks Brewery. Offering a variety of beers from pilsners to stouts, Blackrocks Brewery has just the beverage to help you tell the amazing story of how you concurred Marquette’s preemptive cliff diving spot. Try the Coconut Brown, it’s delicious.

The Kula Cooler, A Yeti Competitor

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It’s not often a company comes around and innovates on something that hasn’t changed (or needed to change) in the last 20-30 years. As far as long term cooling capabilities are concerned, Yeti has been the king. Enter the Kula cooler ($249.99), the possible Yeti competitor.

Cooler design has stayed relatively the same with the only innovations being changes in insulation technologies allowing for your food and beverages to be kept cold longer and longer.  While not offering the size options of the Yeti, and most other cooler manufacturers, Kula is a space saving and multi-function cooler. Designed after a five gallon bucket, the Kula cooler is a lightweight, easy to carry,  tough cooler that should be added to your overlanding gear. Along with its primary cooling function, the Kula cooler can also double as a campfire stool with its comfortable top. It also has a bottle opener.