Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Western Upper Peninsula Adventure -- Post 2

For today's blog posting I'll continue with pictures taken over the weekend in the Western Upper Peninsula by either me or my sister, Diana.  The drive from Grand Marais to the cabin we rented on the east shore of Lake Gogebic required around 225 miles of driving.

The theme of our trip was "waterfalls."  There are 200 waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, 65 of which are in the western end.  There was not enough time to visit all of them, but we were able to see 11.  Yesterday I included photos of Canyon Falls.  Below is another picture of Canyon Falls from the Internet showing peak flow. Beyond Canyon Falls the river has cut a gorge that is quite interesting, especially by Michigan standards. The rock has broken along straight line faults, resulting in a very boxy canyon. Numerous rapids and some smaller drops can be found all along the Sturgeon River. 
Canyon Falls is located in Baraga County around 15 miles south of L'Anse. Height: 15 feet; Crest: 50 feet; Water Source: Sturgeon River; Waypoint: 46.62361N 88.47583W

After leaving Canyon Falls, we backtracked east the couple of miles that we had driven out of our way to see Canyon Falls and turned south on US 141/M28. We stayed on M28 and stopped at our 2nd waterfalls: Agate Falls located 6.5 miles east of Bruce Crossing. The falls is located across the street from a roadside park (Joseph F. Oravec roadside park). Unfortunately the provided trails and overlooks are somewhat limited. With some effort you can scramble down to the river to get some very good views of the falls, or scramble up the river banks to get to the old railroad bridge that is now part of a snowmobile trail. We did neither this trip and settled for views from the constructed overlook. We also took shots of the structure holding up the old railroad bridge. Height: 40 feet; crest: 60 feet; Water Source:  Ontonagon River; Waypoint: 46.48083N 89.09083W



After a quick stop at Agate Falls, we continued driving down M28 until the Bergman area, where we drove south on East Shore Drive until we reached our cabin at the Root Cellar Resort.  Considering that the colors were peak, we were surprised that the cabins were not full. 

We stayed at the Mallard cabin.

After unpacking the car, we went down to the dock to enjoy the sunset.


The sun was extremely bright.  Everything seemed to just light up.

Looking back at our cabin...

Getting fire wood for the wood burner...

The inside of our cabin...

I brought my tripod with me so I could get a couple of good shots of the full moon.

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