In the changing of the season from fall to winter, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is magnificently transformed. The landscape becomes a snow-sculpted wonderland, with frozen waterfalls and noble pines.
Today, I excitedly shoveled the driveway and pulled out my winter hiking gear to suit up for the first hike of winter. This is winter in earnest. In some places the snow was at least over a foot deep. The snow is fun. It’s cold, but there’s an absolute stillness in the air and a refreshing solitude of the woods that’s exhilarating and pushed me further up the trail towards the roar of Bond Falls.
As I hiked, I wondered, what is it about waterfalls that’s so magnetic? Perhaps the idea that every time you visit them, they are different, transformed by seasons and unceasing motion into something new.
In winter, Bond Falls hold a different allure from my fall visit. From half-frozen crystalline plunge-pools to gossamer cascades it was easy to find a few meditative moments of peace on the frozen trail before continuing my Sunday drive to the Porkies.
Now that the snow has finally fallen in the Porcupine Mountains, I decided to take a peek at Lake of the Clouds. While Lake of the Clouds was a fall favorite, it still looks simply picturesque when frozen over and flanked by frosted pine trees. I’ll be strapping on my snowshoes and returning to hike into view the many frozen waterfalls during this winter.
So, pack a thermos of hot tea or cocoa, watch your step on slick trails, and celebrate winter’s frozen splendor with a winter hike.
To read about my fall visit to Bond Falls:
To read about my fall visit to Lake of the Clouds: