Friday, August 16, 2013

Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

 

Going over the Mackinac bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula
8/6/2013
 
Made it safely over the bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  The girls very first time!

This past week, we took time out of our family vacation to do some homeschooling in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  We visited Tahqamenon Falls (Upper and Lower), Whitefish Point, and Sault Saint Marie.

Foam from the falls

Upper Tahquamenon Falls
 
God's beauty!  Looks like Rootbeer!

The girls were in absolute awe of the falls.  I think the upper was their favorite as it was bigger and sounded mighty.   "Why are the falls brown, momma?"  Excellent question as there was an info board handy describing everything about the falls.  Perfect homeschooling moment.  They loved the mist that the falls were mysteriously kicking up into their faces as it was a warm and muggy day.

Why is Tahquamenon Falls brown? "The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains."



I didn't get a good pic of the lower falls as there were so many people. We didn't get a chance to go over by canoe to get good shots.  Oh well, maybe next time.  A nice family offered to take a family shot at the upper though, I thought that was sweet.


Bethany's little eyes soaking up all the beauty.  Such wonder, so precious
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Trails
 
After hiking the trails back to our car from the falls, we took a road trip over to Whitefish Point by Lake Superior.  The girls were enthralled with the fact it was the great lake above the UP like we had been learning about here at home from our Michigan map, etc. 
Lake Superior/Whitefish Point

Whitefish Point Lighthouse Upper Peninsula
I will be putting together a two part post from our Fort Michilimackinac adventures.  Hope to get those done next week.  Can't wait!




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