On this trip we will head to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Words don’t express the beauty of this area.  Even pictures don’t tell the whole story, but I’ll do my best.

Mackinaw Bridge

To get to the UP as it’s commonly referred to, you must cross the Mackinaw Bridge.  It is a monster of a bridge linking Upper and Lower Michigan. 5 miles long and 552FT above the water at the tallest point of the main tower. Here is what she looks like.

 

They views from the bridge are amazing with all the different water colors and depths.  Off to the right side of you will see Hydro-Ferry boats carrying passengers to Mackinaw Island.  It’s an Island where only bicycles and horses are allowed.  Everything is setup like the early 1900’s.  A very cool place but I did not visit it on this trip.

After crossing the bridge we stopped to pay the toll. $4.00 charge to get into heaven….I’ll take it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were then welcomed to the Upper Peninsula by the absolutely amazing views. As far as you could see it was trees, water and peacefulness.  A short ways down the road we entered Hiawatha National Forrest. It got even more beautiful the farther we went.

 

At this point we had been on the road 6hrs. We tend to stop very frequently at all kinds of roadside attractions or it wouldn’t have taken this long.We pulled into Indian Lake State park for the night and set up camp.

This was our ending view from day 1. Can’t beat a nice sunset before turning in for the night.

 

Day 2 

Day 2 started off overlooking the Indian Lake shoreline. The weather was unseasonably warm with temps reaching the upper 80’s. We packed up camp and started our journey for the day.

As soon as we pulled out of the campground I saw a sign that was familiar to me and something I wanted to show the better half. It was Kitch-iti-kipi, also known as The Big Spring. This is the clearest (and really cold) most beautiful spring water. You can see 49ft straight to the bottom. Here are some pics.

 

After a short visit we hit the road. Off we headed, West to the Wisconsin border.  Of course we didn’t make it to Iron Mountain after seeing this guy on the side of the road. We had to stop here in Norway, Michigan and take the Mine Tour.

Inside the mine was where we were headed. 2600ft into Iron Mountain. Everyone was instructed to put on a rain coat and hard hat. The outside temps were around 85 degrees, as soon as we entered the mine it was 44 degrees. It stays that temp year round and was refreshing on days like today. Much of this mine tour was on foot in the tunnels.

 

This room (stope) was enormous. This picture doesn’t show how huge it was. The rocks you see in front of the edge are after a 100ft drop off. The rear light in this pic is 600yds away.  During the lifetime of the mine (68 years) it produced 21,625,000 tone of ore.

 

Rock Shop at the mine

I’m a bit of a Rock Hound and had to stop here after the mine tour.  They had Michigan specific rocks along with rocks from around the world. I wasn’t even able to photo all of it, but here is a good idea.  Some of the specimens were not for sale.  Here is a look around the shop.

 

This concludes the first half of my UP trip.  Part 2 will include touring the Lake Superior Shoreline and many waterfalls and hiking.  I hope you enjoyed this stretch of my adventure and look forward to your questions or comments below.  Thanks for reading and rating this article.

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