(To pronounce that, it sounds kind of like ‘phenomenon’.)
We leave St Ignace and head mostly north, but not too far. Just to Newberry, where we are back to camping in the woodlands, surrounded by green.
When I look up…..
I see this. Well…except I have the awning up now. 😀
Our first night here we have a big thunder and lightening storm, which I think is beautiful. The dogs, not so much though.
In the morning the sun is shining and the fresh, clean earth and trees beckon. We load up into JR and I head northeast. When I start out I’m not sure what we’ll see today but it turns out to be Tahquamenon Falls….by way of Paridise!
I’m glad we made it, too!
Not far from Paradise is Tahquamenon State Park, with a river and falls by the same name. At this point the river is close to reaching its destination…Lake Superior. It’s grand finale is very colorful! It was my understanding that the water is brown, but in the falls, it’s beautiful shades of gold!
Similar in color to Joy and Shiloh.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures!
The color is caused by tannic acid…tannin…from the Cedar swamps drained by the river, along with decaying Hemlocks and Spruce. The ‘acid’ is very weak however and the river maintains a PH of 7.3 so it’s safe for fish and other wildlife.
There is a 4 mile trail to the upper falls…but there is also a road, so we take it! The Upper falls is more than 200 feet across and has about a 45 foot drop, making it either the 2nd or 3rd largest falls east of the Mississippi, depending on who you ask. The largest is Niagara of course.
There is a stairway of 90 some steps down to the bottom here, but needless to say, we didn’t go. Joy would never make it….even though she really wanted to go. They both have been receiving lots of attention and pats and have heard the word ‘beautiful’ directed at them numerous times, so they are all happy and waggy, but I know Joy is going to wear out soon. In fact on the way back to JR we stop in the shade and rest because I see that she really needs to. Also, it’s about 76 degrees and humid, and even that is warmer than they like to be.
Something unusual….not only are the trails to the falls at this state park dog friendly, but I noticed a sign telling people to NOT leave dogs in cars, by any means! I wish more places would understand this important concept.
Now back to trees….
Maybe we take them for granted because …oh there seem to be so many and they have always been around….but each one is a miracle….
They live so long and see so much. They are so….peaceful….
And maybe they have a prayer……