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…
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…
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…
Our next stop was to view the Silver River Falls.
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!
I even took a few moments to focus on a few friends…
It was time to continue our waterfall adventure! Our next destination would be Jacob’s Falls, with an impressive 60 foot drop!
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.
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!
Before we continued our waterfall adventures for the day, we had one very special stop to make…The Jam Pot!
After our delightful stop at the Jam Pot, we continued on to the impressive Eagle River Falls and Bridge.
Although I am a fan of the hidden falls in the forest, this is one impressive beast, with its 60 foot drop!
We had one finally destination left…Montreal Falls. This journey was going to be our most challenging destination of the day…
The Magic of Mother Nature…
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!
After a long, damp hike back, we were happy to see the Jeep!
What an amazing day! If only we would have purchased 1 dozen Monk Muffins!
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.
This year, we took a new route, beginning at Agate Beach.
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!
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.
There is something magical about the crystal clear and frigid waters of Lake Superior!
It was fascinating to see remains of cabins from the days of mining!
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!
After a yummy lunch and a bit more island exploration, it was time to continue our paddling journey.
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.
As we continued our journey, the fog decided to roll back in. Welcome to the ever-changing weather of Michigan!
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!
Some women want diamonds…
Others want hiking trails, kayaks and the peace and beauty of Mother Nature!
This is the time of year that I feel pulled to get away. The forest is calling and I want to put on my hikers and escape reality, for just a short while. At the same time, this is one of the most difficult seasons to leave the farm… Continue reading “Time to Wander…”→