Thursday, September 30, 2010

UP Adventures

This past weekend my sister, Diana Mavis, and I shared our tenth year of exploring the U.P. together. This year we decided to visit the Porcupine Mountains. We didn't know it until this trip, but the Porcupine Mountains is the largest state park in Michigan. The park includes 59,000 acres of rivers, lakes and the largest virgin hardwood-hemlock forest in the United States.

One of the things we enjoy most together is taking pictures of nature in all its splendor. I'll share some of the photos that we took over the next several blog updates.

We made a few stops while driving west. The first was in Munising at the Michigan Nature Association Memorial Falls Park.

It was quite windy, especially earlier in the day. Here is a shot of the Lake Superior waves taken east of Marquette.

The next stop was just west of Marquette along the road that goes to Big Bay. We climbed up Sugarloaf Mountain. The view from the top is spectacular.

Along the trail up Sugarloaf, we spotted this tree with colonies of mushrooms.

The farther west we drove, the better were the fall colors.

We arrived at our cabin located a mile from the Porkies along Lake Superior just in time for sunset.

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