Change Is Hard

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Adventure – Day 2

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After our event filled first day of camping my friend had to go home. I, on the other hand, headed north. My plan was to explore Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula, this time on my own. (You can click on any photo to see it larger.)

Lots of history here.

Lots of history here.

My first stop was the tip of Michigan’s mitten, at the state park that once was a campground. When I was a kid my family camped there, almost under the Mighty Mac, the five mile bridge that spans the Straights of Mackinaw between the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Whenever I can I try stop there and walk where we once walked and where people walk now days, marveling at the bridge and the water, the ferry boats and the freighters that go by.

This family reminds me a bit of us years ago.

This family reminds me a bit of us years ago.

I remember us swimming in these waters. Taking the canoe out and paddling beneath the bridge, my dad telling us we had canoed from Lake Huron all the way to Lake Michigan! It was very cool, and I think of it every time I’m up there.

My brothers in 1970 at the bridge.

My brothers in 1970 at the bridge.

Once I made it across the bridge I started toward my destination at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Along the way I passed beautiful beaches, but, turning inland, I also noticed my favorite things, barns….

A beautiful day on the farm.

A beautiful day on the farm.

…and farmland. You know me. I had to stop and catch a few images. No matter where I am, when I see old barns I just have to stop if there’s somewhere safe to park.

Looks like cows have moved into this house.

Looks like cows have moved into this house.

Once I got to the park and set up on my large campsite…

Could have set up several tents at this stie!

Could have set up several tents at this stie!

…I decided to take a walk. There was a one mile trail down to the lower falls. Sounded like fun and after studying the map I headed out down the trail…

Which way should I go?

Which way should I go?

…which got narrower and less obvious. It was getting late and I realized I’d have to maneuver the trail back to the camp after dark. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. I scurried back feeling foolish and drove the one mile around the corner to the lower falls.

I still had a nice walk along a beautiful boardwalk back to the falls.

Evening light.

Evening light.

And they were pretty in the late evening light.

Lots and lots of rushing water.

Lots and lots of rushing water.

I enjoyed this little girl who was talking nonstop to her dad who was listening intently. She was excited about everything. I bet she slept well that night!

Partners.

Partners.

And just before I headed back a red canoe showed up for a little fishing. I thought for a bit that there was a sheltie in the boat, but I think it’s a border collie. The boat glowed in the quiet light. Most of us tourists had left and this couple had a quiet evening to enjoy.

Peaceful fishing.

Peaceful fishing.

I left them to it and headed back to my camp and a good night’s sleep. Right after a hot shower, one of the advantages to camping in state parks!

Lake Superior tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Light on new thistle.

Light on new thistle.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Adventure – Day 2

  1. I love seeing those places. They are filled with good memories for me, too. Rob the Firefighter was four years old when we made our first trip to the U.P. State Parks are a good investment.

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    • We might have been at the same state parks at the same time all those years ago. You never know. I agree, State Parks are a GREAT investment.

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  2. What an adventure. I love that bridge! It would be cool to capture it during sunrise or sunset. I bet at sunset it makes a great silhouette! I can’t wait to see more!

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    • The bridge is beautiful at night too. And lit up for Christmas. It’s probably lit up red, white and blue right now. It’s also pretty from Mackinac Island. It’s just pretty no matter when.

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  3. The farms are beautiful in the yoop! Those cows look like they chose a nice house 😉

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    • Farms are pretty amazing everywhere. But I was sort of surprised to see them up there. All the years I lived there and drove that same route I just don’t remember farms. Swamps yes. Long drives through woods yes. Mountains, moose, deer, yes. Farms? I don’t remember those.

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  4. Completely beautiful but is it safe for you to go there by yourself? I loved that little girl’s body language, you could tell she was gabbing a mile a minute!!

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    • I feel absolutely safe in state park campgrounds. And in state forest campgrounds too once I check out who else is camped there. If there are families, then I feel fine with it.

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  5. Another lovely day. A friend and I were talking about meeting at Mackinaw a couple of years ago, but life interfered. I love our campsite.

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  6. What a splendid adventure — looking forward to tagging along as it continues!

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  7. No Katie with you? She’s not gonna be liking that!

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    • No, not this time. She stayed home with Dad. I was camping with a friend, and then traveling a lot. It’s hard to go out on photo drives with her, she ends up stuck in the car for too long. She was happy with her dad. I got to sleep past 5:30 a.m. It all worked out.

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  8. what an a wonderful adventure to go on

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