I’ve jumped around a bit sharing the recap of our Michigan vacation, but in my opinion I’ve saved the best for last. After our first day on Mackinac Island, the next day was forecasted for rain, all day long. So we decided to head north across the Mackinac Bridge, or the Mighty Mac, to the Upper Peninsula, also known as the U.P., which phonetically is pronounced “Yoop” and the residents are “Yoopers.”
As an aside, check out the Da Turdy-Point Buck song here. It’s awesome! And a great introduction to the Yooper culture.
As we drove further north on our way to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, I started to have a sense of déjà vu. Even though I’d never been there before, a lot of the scenery reminded me of all the time I’d spent in Alaska. Just pure wilderness, and I loved it. When we got to the state park, we first took the short hike to the Upper Falls. The brown and yellow water (most noticeably on the left side of the falls) is caused by tannis leaching into the river upstream. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
The Tahquamenon River is most famous as the place where Hiawatha built his canoe. (“By the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big Sea Water . . . “)
We next went to the Lower Falls. Had we had more time, we could have made the 4 mile hike along the river, but we drove instead. It was a short walk to where we could view the falls, but a lot of stairs.
We next drove up to Whitefish Point, which is the very tip of the U.P. on the east side. It’s famous for its Shipwreck Museum (how did I not get a picture) and where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank. Also, this body of water is Lake Superior. Can I get a holla for 3 Great Lakes in one vacation? I’ve been to Lake Ontario before on a Toronto trip, so I think I need to figure out how to spend some time around Lake Erie to get the last one checked off the list. And see that land across the way? Hello, Canada!
We’d hoped to spend the afternoon driving up to Sault Ste. Marie and crossing the border, but there just wasn’t time. Maybe in another trip.
At Whitefish Point we were starving, but there was nowhere to eat, and that area was so remote that our options were limited. So we drove back to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and ate at the restaurant/brewery there. It was yummy! I had the grilled whitefish and splurged on some onion rings and the root beer they brew themselves. As a connoisseur of onion rings, I have to say that these ranked in my top three – well done!
Finally, we made our way back down across the bridge into the mainland and joined the trolls (you know, the folks that live under the bridge? LOL)
Robert and I definitely want to revisit the U.P., and next time we’ll probably take a flight into Milwaukee and travel up the west side of Lake Michigan. It looks like we missed a lot of gorgeous places.
So that’s it for this trip and another travel experience is in the books. Time to start planning for next year – we’re thinking Tahoe and Yosemite. Any suggestions?