This weekend I decided to bundle up and take a few winter hikes. The first was a short, easy access boardwalk hike to view Wagner Falls. Even though it’s winter the 20 foot falls are stunning. It’s easy to imagine how outstanding it would be during the Fall season. Note the snow depth compared to the height of the boardwalk railings. I was walking even with the highest railing even after a week of snow melting weather.
Five miles south of Wagner Falls, in the Hiawatha National Forest, is a popular cross country skiing destination, Valley Spur. Open 24 hours a day, the 27 miles of trails through the woods are groomed daily during the winter months and are a truly unique skiing and snowshoeing experience. It was perfectly peaceful and serene walking among the hemlock. http://valleyspur.org/
My last short hike of the weekend was in town to view the Munising Rear Range Light. Established in 1908, the Munising Rear Range Light shines a continuous red light, is painted white and stands 33 feet tall. The Rear Range Light works with the Munising Front Range Light to project a line of light out into Lake Superior in order to guide boats from the open lake into the safe harbor at Munising.
I’m choosing to enjoy winter’s beauty. I’m realizing what I’ve missed for years. I’ve waken to find branches bent low under heavy weight of snow. I’ve tromped out into the frosty air to knock snow off the branches and my car.
I agree winter in the Upper Peninsula isn’t for the faint of heart. Winter’s inevitable cold and darkness only add insult to injury. There are mornings where the air made my face and pipes freeze. Yet, there’s a unique beauty that is more of a nuance, but it’s there.
I made a choice to enjoy it. I could have hunkered down, begrudging the subzero temperatures and waited for it to pass, but I choose to get outside and ponder its quiet miracles. I’ve learned enjoying winter is a choice I remind myself of each day as I get out my camera and open my eyes. I start looking for those quiet miracles and come home to write them down. Enjoy!