Always Take A Risk

During our 10 hour + drive home from Copper Harbor, we always try to find interesting places to stop along the way.  Although the view is beautiful, there is not a wealth of choices along the journey home.  Plus, we always have to keep in mind that if we choose to make a stop, our trip home will become even longer.  We have been visiting the Keweenaw Peninsula for years and made the assumption that we had discovered all of the roadside treasures…but, we were so wrong!

At the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula is the city of L’Anse.  We have never traveled into the little town, but there is a roadside stop along US-41, about 15 miles south of L’Anse.  We have never stopped…ever!  We had read in one of our new trail books that there was a trail to a waterfall at this site, so we added it to our list of “quick” stops for the way home.  Within a mile of hiking, I was speechless!  Yes, Roda had no words…

Here is our mile hike…

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I was in love with the terrain instantly…you know why!!  Fairies!
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Truly a tree hugger!
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The beautiful Sturgeon River
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A few little rapids
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The Fairies were naughty here!  At least I captured one!
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The trees…
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There is something about the roots of an old cedar tree…magical!
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The river’s edge
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The stories and poems I could weave from this photo alone…magical!
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The water started to become more alive and from a distance, we could hear the rushing of falling water.
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The rocky river’s edge quickly became a very boxy canyon ridge.
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Once again, I was enamored by the vegetation.
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Such a gorgeous rocky ridge line!
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We thought the falls were the highlight of the trail…but, it was what came after the falls that was the true gem of the trail!
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The river gorge…if only photos could do it justice!
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What’s around the corner…
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There are no words…
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We felt the trail had come to an end.  What else would you think when a large, mossy wall of stone was staring directly at you!?
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At the end of the mossy wall we found stairs…  Rocky stairs, that led up along the trail,which followed the edge of the gorge, beyond what an eye could see.  Those stairs would remain there for another adventure, on another day…

Always remember to take a risk…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Wonderous Waterfalls

During our time in Copper Harbor, Michigan, we spent a day exploring the wondrous waterfalls of the area!  Between the rigorous hikes and off-roading with the Jeep, we discovered some beauties…

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Our first destination…

This was our initial view of Manganese Falls from the beginning of the trail head. We knew there had to be a better view and were determined to find a way to the top.  After searching through the brush, we came across a smaller trail…

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Our initial view… then we started to climb!
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This was our view from the top!  It was beautiful and so worth the climb.  What an amazing 45 foot drop into the gorge!
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This is the magical flow that feeds the falls…

Our next stop was to view the Silver River Falls.

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Silver River Falls is located off of Highway 26.  These falls might not have an impressive drop, but their width and beauty make up for it!  And who doesn’t love an old stone bridge!

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Silver River Falls is about 7 feet high.

 I even took a few moments to focus on a few friends…

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We decided to cross the road to take a peek at what might be on the other side of the bridge.  I was so glad we did!  This turned out to be a shot that make me smile!

It was time to continue our waterfall adventure!  Our next destination would be Jacob’s Falls, with an impressive 60 foot drop!

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Jacob’s Falls

We had to explore this area.  I could feel it…there were fairies near!  It just felt magical!   We carefully climbed our way up the left hand side of the falls, using tree roots as our hand rail. Thank goodness the rocks were dry.

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Our oh so helpful hand rail!
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Our view from the top of the falls…

Although the view from the top of the falls was not very impressive, the view we were about to witness from behind was worth the climb!

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Fairies Live Here!
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I was waiting for a Hobbit to come out and say hello!
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Considering there was not a safe way to continue our climb, we decided to make our way back down the rocky fall’s edge.

Before we continued our waterfall adventures for the day, we had one very special stop to make…The Jam Pot!

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The Jam Pot is run by the Monks of the society of Saint John.    For more information about their life and history on the Keweenaw Peninsula visit:  http://www.societystjohn.com/ourlife/ourlife.phpr
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I highly recommend the pound cake!
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A view of the Monk’s Monastery, built on the rugged shores of Lake Superior.

After our delightful stop at the Jam Pot, we continued on to the impressive Eagle River Falls and Bridge.

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Although I am a fan of the hidden falls in the forest, this is one impressive beast, with its 60 foot drop!

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Eagle River Falls
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I am always amazed how that huge waterfall can end up flowing into this babbling stream, leading out to Lake Superior.
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Where Eagle River meets Lake Superior.

We had one finally destination left…Montreal Falls.  This journey was going to be our most challenging destination of the day…

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After some two-tracking with the Jeep, we found our trail head to Montreal Falls.
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Our trail soon became a bit more difficult to follow…but I had a feeling fairies were near!
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We landed in the midst of a forest of cedar trees.  We could hear trickling water, but could not locate it at first…always expect the unexpected… Make sure you listen for the Fairies!

​The Magic of Mother Nature…

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Our trail began to follow the ridge-line of Lake Superior’s shore.
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Once again, after a few more miles, the trail opened up and we could hear rushing water!
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Montreal Falls
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A view from the top

We knew there was an upper falls in this series.  We started to hike into the woods, uphill.  We only had a few hours of light left and a long hike back…what to do??  The weather made our decision for us…it started to rain!

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After a long, damp hike back, we were happy to see the Jeep!

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What an amazing day!  If only we would have purchased 1 dozen Monk Muffins!

Always remember…

Do What You Love…Love What You Do!

Love Yourself… Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Paddle in the Mist

Kayaking in Copper Harbor is always a highlight for us, when we venture North!  Copper Harbor is located at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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This year, we took a new route, beginning at Agate Beach.

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We started off at 10:00 a.m. in moderate fog.  As you can see from the photographs, the mist was alive and well! We had little to no wind and calm waters, so we were ready to journey on!

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Within an hour, the fog lifted.  We explored rock outcroppings, a chain of barrier islands and finger bays.  After a few hours of paddling, we settled for lunch on a 15 acre island that was once a site for mining silver.

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There is something magical about the crystal clear and frigid waters of Lake Superior!

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The remains of an old boat dock from the days of silver mining on the island.
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We discovered the original survey stake on the island!
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An old mining shaft.

It was fascinating to see remains of cabins from the days of mining!

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I fell in love with this old yellow boat.  It held so many wonderful stories of the past.  As you can see, the mist was joining us once again, which set the tone of the island perfectly!  All that was missing was a flashlight, a fire and a good ghost story!

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After a yummy lunch and a bit more island exploration, it was time to continue our paddling journey.

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It is always difficult for me to leave a rocky beach.  I could sit and sift through rocks for hours.  I am always excited to discover pieces of sea glass or heart-shaped rocks to add to our collection.

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As we continued our journey, the fog decided to roll back in.  Welcome to the ever-changing weather of Michigan!

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I could not get enough of the spiny ridge lines that paralleled the peninsula.
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Exploring the Arch Rock was an exciting little adventure.

As we began our journey back to Agate Beach, we noticed the weather began to change, once again. One never knows what the weather will be like on the big lake.  Welcome to Michigan!  The fog was rolling in fast, which meant the wind would ride along with it!

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We witnessed this wall of white meet the shore!  And just as we predicted, the wind came right along with it!  We made it on land with minutes to spare!
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From mist, to sunshine, to fog…and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Some women want diamonds… 

Others want hiking trails, kayaks and the peace and beauty of Mother Nature!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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