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Sunday, October 13, 2013

More Fun in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Hope you all had a great weekend!  It's hard to believe that we are already into mid October, isn't it? 
The other day I shared with you some of the many photos that I took while we were camping in the Upper Peninsula. Since I took so many pictures, I thought I would share some more with you!
I think that most people who have never been to Michigan would be surprised at the natural beauty that they find here, especially in the wilderness of the beautiful Upper Peninsula!
While there are hundreds of waterfalls in the UP,  Bond Falls  has got to be one of the most beautiful.  I wish you could have been there, as my photos just don't do it justice!  It was a cold and rainy day when we visited, but even the weather really didn't detract from the natural beauty.

 The really neat things about Bond Falls is that they have a hiking path and stairs that run right along side the falls.  So you literally can step right up to the side of these powerful falls!  It can be a bit unnerving though, I think!
 They use the falls to generate electricity, which I am very happy to hear!
 Wait, what is this???????????
Let's get a closer look!
 Someone obviously had a sense of humor!  Along side the trail at the waterfall, someone had placed this smiley face painted rock, tucked into a crevice of a tree.  What a fun surprise!
 We also enjoyed spending time walking the nice long sandy beaches along Lake Superior.
Here's Katie, testing out the waters.
 Brrrr!  Too cold for me!
 She didn't stay in long!

 One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Eagle Harbor and the Jampot, which is run by a group of monks.
They have the most amazing bakery with the best pumpkin muffins ever!  They are huge!
They also have fudgy brownie and yummy truffles that are delish, as well as homemade jams.  Their raspberry is heavenly!
 Notice the no parking sign?  Just a little monk humor!

  The monastery is across the road from their bakery.  Isn't it amazing?  While we were not able to go in (their services are open to the public on the weekends), we were welcome to walk around the grounds.
 We had visited here twice before, and could hardly wait to return to this little piece of paradise.
 Just look at their neat bell tower!
 A tranquil spot at the monastery.
 And this was their "backyard"!  Gorgeous Lake Superior.
 The next photos are of Brockway Mountain drive.
The panoramic views are just amazing!
 We were so excited that the colors were at their peak!

 It was super windy at the top of the mountain!
(hubby would kill me if he knew I included this shot!!)
 And last of all, I just couldn't resist snapping a photo of this sign that was at our campground!
Guess bears like to camp, too!:)
I'll be sharing with you later this week some of the thrifting finds that I purchased on our trip, I came home with a ton of stuff treasures!
Have a great week!


Musings from Kim K. said...

What beautiful adventures you've had. Some of my favorite trips are in the UP. I'm attending a conference in Traverse city Friday/Saturday. Chris is sneaking away with me. That's as far north as we'll get, but I can't wait!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What lovely pictures of your trip. The Falls is beautiful and love the smiley face.
Katie sure didn't like that cold water did she. LOL
Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your treasures.
Have a great week. Hugs to Katie.

NanaDiana said...

Ah, Donna. You and me, girl! Both in love with the very same places and we always seem to go a week or so apart. Your photos are lovely and I feel like I just revisited those sweet places again.
Can't wait to see your "treasures". xo Diana

ps. I always go for the Gingerbread muffin with lemon cream cheese frosting (when I was eating sugar, that is)

Joyce Mayer said...

Oh Miss Donna, of course you KNOW that bears like to camp. After all, look at all that great food that humans bring with them. Yum!!! And I know you know that I go to Camp Good Bear every summer. Did you forget?

Prudence ♥

Japolina said...

That looks amazing!~

Elizabeth said...

I was surprised by my first visit to Michigan, it is beautiful there!

Tete said...

What a fantastic place. Love the falls and the monks. Those are some pretty large pebbles that were washed up on the beach! I would love to walk along and pick up some of those. So smooth. Love that wind photo. Poor Katie probably had trouble holding her ground there. Can't wait for more!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, I just love your pics of beautiful Michigan. The colors are gorgeous and I do miss that as we don't see that sort of color here till very late or not at all in our area.
Those falls are just beautiful too and the beach looks so inviting although cold. Katie is too cute running in from the water. Oh what a cute pic of Katie and your hubby in the wind.
Darling little bakery and the signs all gave me a smile.

Looking forward to seeing your treasures.
Have a great evening.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Jann Olson said...

What a beautiful place. Love that gorgeous waterfall! The signs are so fun and made me laugh. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Little Miss Maggie said...

What breathtaking scenery. Love the little happy face. Thanks for changing my perception of Michigan.