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Saturday in Michigan - Tamara's Journeys

Saturday in Michigan

March 29th, 2015

I expected this to be a “Sunday in Michigan” edition, however Mother Nature had other ideas and decided to snow on my parade. That’s fine, I met up for family fun at Tahquamenon Falls on Saturday which was fantastic.

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub. Located at the Upper Falls area where we met for a hearty meal pre-hike.

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub. Located at the Upper Falls area where we met for a hearty meal pre-hike.

A local tradition, whitefish from the very cold waters of Lake Superior.

A local tradition, whitefish from the very cold waters of Lake Superior.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is the second largest Michigan state park covering over 46,000 acres including two waterfalls. The Tahquamenon Falls include a single 200-foot wide, 50-foot drop “Upper Falls”. During the late-spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 U.S. gallons of water per second, making the upper falls the second most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi, after only Niagara Falls. The winter snow and icicles surrounding the falls were very beautiful.

We walked the 1/4 trail through the woods from the Tahquamenon Brewery to the Upper Falls.

We walked the 1/4 trail through the woods from the Tahquamenon Brewery to the Upper Falls.

The walk from the parking lot to the Upper Falls is 1/4 mile. This is from the first overlook.

The walk from the parking lot to the Upper Falls is 1/4 mile. This is from the first overlook.

The Upper Falls from the second overlook.

The Upper Falls from the second overlook.

At the end of the 1/4 mile hike there are 94 stairs down to the viewing platform. This view is quite a reward!

At the end of the 1/4 mile hike there are 94 stairs down to the viewing platform. This view is quite a reward!

The “Lower Falls”, located four miles downstream, are a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island which can be reached by rowboat. A hiking trail runs between the falls along the riverside, or take a seasonal shuttle service between the two.

The Tahquamenon "Lower Falls" during my visit last summer.

The Tahquamenon “Lower Falls” during my visit last summer.

Tahquamenon Falls is also called “Rootbeer Falls” because of its golden-brown color, caused by tannins from cedar swamps that drain into the river. In winter, the ice that accumulates around and in the falls is often colored in shades of green and blue.

The Brewery makes homemade root beer to keep with the theme of the "Root Beer" falls.

The Brewery makes homemade root beer to keep with the theme of the “Root Beer” falls.

Giant icicles along the river bank. Can you believe they've been melting and it's the end of March?

Giant icicles along the river bank. Can you believe they’ve been melting and it’s the end of March?

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!

I can't wait until Gracie gets old enough to make snow angels with me.

I can’t wait until Gracie gets old enough to make snow angels with me.

At Tahquamenon Falls where the temps were subzero but our hearts were warm.

At Tahquamenon Falls where the temps were subzero but our hearts were warm.

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  • Dad says on: March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm

     

    Nice pictures, too.

    • Tamara says on: March 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm

       

      Thanks, Dad. I’m glad you enjoyed them and think you would enjoy the falls. I remember when you would take us hiking to places similar.

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