Friday, September 27, 2013

Visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula - Part 1

We took a couple of days to visit the UP and more specifically Tahquemenon Falls and Pictured Rocks. 
We did something we have never done before - traveled with the dog. Oh sure, he comes with us all the time to the cottage but he has never "vacationed" with us. And, even though he is almost 13, he does like to walk so we thought we would give it a try. 

Tahquemenon Falls is a state park and

 The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi has a drop of nearly 50 feet, more than 200 feet across and a water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. 

We viewed the lower falls and then saw a trail to the upper falls. It was 4 miles which we figured was doable. We were duped by the beginning boardwalk like path. Pretty soon we got to this
As we soon discovered, the trail was more than medium difficulty! There were mud bogs that sucked your feet in, tree roots jutting and laying a patchwork, bridges that were severely slanted and foot paths on the brink of the cliff that were about 10 inches wide! At one part Mike had to tie the dog to a tree and come to help me across a rough spot. 

 We made it to the two mile marker where there is a sign which reads "You are half way,
 Don't Turn around - You can make it!" The dog and I voted for turning around and I must say the return trip was quicker!

Lesson learned - be prepared for hiking which includes - boots, a backpack, lighter clothes, a towel, snacks and water!!

1 comment:

Sandee Setliff said...

Oh yes, been on many of those hikes, I never go on any that are rated moderate, they are always harder than they seem! I figure young athletic 20 something year olds rate them! Looks like it was pretty though! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥