Vacation Update

August 21st, 2014 at 2:02 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Bill at Waterfall 3 with Marie   Here we (Daughter #2 and I) at Wagner Falls.  We’ve managed to see Wagner Falls, Alger Falls, Munising Falls, Miners Falls and Horseshoe Falls (on private property, $7 admission for adults, which I thought was a fair price.  Some trees are labeled, there is a pond with fish to see and there is a continuous gnome convention going on there.  Postcards were cheap – 5 for a dollar, if I remember right).  Wednesday morning, we headed into Munising to mail post cards and look around.  Quite a few people had vegetable and flower gardens that were quite productive and well-kept.  Most of the vegetable gardens were well-fenced.  A low overcast sat on the hilltops and eventually thickened over the water to the point that Grand Island was not visible from shore.  We stopped at a lookout and the site of an old iron furnace and then headed west to the little town of Christmas.  Outside of the casino, there wasn’t much there.  There is a two-story wooden Santa Claus by a shop.  The shopkeeper recognized me and said that they have relatives in both Grand Rapids, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Minnesota and that Christmas was about halfway in between.  At Au Train we headed south to M-28.   We had occasional drizzle during the day and the temperatures were only in the low-mid 60s (excellent forecast from Karl Bohnak on WLUC the night before, BTW).  We stopped to play miniature golf.  A high school girl behind the counter said she opened at 11 am and now at 2:30 pm, we were the first car that had stopped.  The course was for sale and had been (she thought) for a couple years.   Along the route toward Newberry, we passed many for sale signs.  In Seney, a motel, a restaurant and one of the town’s two gas stations were closed.  In McMillan, the old school was for sale.  The gray skies and drizzle contributed to the feeling that the area had seen better days.  We stopped at the Seney Wildlife Refuge and took the 7-mile one-lane gravel road through the lakes and marshes.  The air and the water were calm and it was quiet enough to hear loons far across the lake.  We saw trumpeter swans, ducks, some turtles sitting on logs (seemingly waiting for the sun), a variety of birds, what sure looked to me like an eagle’s nest in the distance, a muskrat and several kinds of butterflies.  The motel in Newberry was full – glad I booked early.  We drove a mile and a half to a local trail through a dense forest, where we walked for about 25 minutes.  The woods was surprising dark and quiet at 7 pm on a dreary, misty evening.  Outside of a few insects, we saw no wildlife on our walk.  The rainy summer has brought out an abundance of wildflowers and the hills show a variety of green.  We walked to a local restaurant.  At 8 pm three tables out of 20+ were occupied.  I had spaghetti, a salad and blueberry pie.  Thursday, we’re going up to Tahquamenon Falls and plan to do some hiking.  I never tire of watching the sky – a canvas displaying an ever-changing painting of shapes and colors – one moment gentle and calm – in another moment brash and threatening.  The adventure continues tomorrow.

12 Responses to “Vacation Update”

  1. Sarah says:

    Sounds lovely:)

  2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    OK kiddies, Let’s get the Bashing’s out of the way 1st thing this morning.

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Looks like fun!

  4. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    I like reading about your travels. Have a great day!

  5. Stacie says:

    We were just traveling the UP as well. We toured the Keweenaw Penninsula. It sure is beautiful up there! We actually ran into you at miners falls.

  6. Jeff (Fremont) says:

    Lots of waterfalls in the area you’re at now, very cool. I’d really like to go with my wife and explore some here in Michigan if there are any.

  7. Melinda says:

    What a wonderful picture – you look totally relaxed! Now about that Wisconsin sweatshirt…………. :P

  8. Mike (Rockford) says:

    With my wife of 12 years being from Marquette, reading this entry is like recounting my years of north central UP adventuring. You’ve seen a lot in a short time! And yes, Karl is your UP brother with a deep understanding of how to adjust NWS data for our unique lakeside locals. Thanks for sharing!

  9. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    Judging from your eyes in that picture Bill, it looks as though you are traveling with Jack and Indy. I love traveling across that part of our state. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      LOL!!! Haven’t seen either around lately???

  10. Paul S says:

    Did you feed the Trout at Horseshoe Falls? That is just as fun as seeing the falls and walking the gardens. You hit all of them in the city of Munising except two… Memorial (Olson) Falls and Tannery Falls.

  11. scott says:

    Bill – you missed your chance to put a fake mustache on your daughter in that pic:)

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