Day #128 – Let’s go to Paradise!

LOCATION:  Near Grand Marais, Michigan in northeast part of Upper Peninsula
CAMPGROUND:  Muskallonge Lake State Park
WEATHER:  Another winner!  Sunny.  High 76

A busy day exploring this part of the U.P…….We headed to Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest west of Niagara.  There is an easy, short walkway to the viewpoint, and then down (later up) 151 steps to see them more closely.  These are the Upper Falls and the hike…

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the only state park in the country that has its own brewery.  So, of course, we had to check it out and revive ourselves after the hike.  🙂 

We learned that at one point, the logging family that owned 200 acres encompassing Tahquamenon Falls donated all but 2 acres of the land to the state.  The remaining 2 acres remain private, so the owners built a brewery there.  How fun!

We then drove a few miles to the Lower Tahquamenon Falls.  Again, pretty views.  There is a group of Amish tourists that must have our same route.  We saw them at Pictured Rocks, then again here.  Since they cannot drive, they have hired a bus to take them around. 

Some crazy people were wading near the falls.  They could easily be swept away.

Here is what the falls look like in the winter…

From there, we headed to the town of Paradise.  It is right on Lake Superior.  There are a few guest houses there, but not much else.  They are busier in the winter, with the snowmobile crowd.  We found a cute place for lunch and wifi.

Next stop was Whitefish Point, at the end of the road on a tiny peninsula.  We toured the Shipwreck Museum.  This part of the coast is called the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. 

There is a quaint light house here, and we also toured the light house tender’s home.

From Whitefish Point, we gazed across the water to Ontario.  Canada, so close, but so far away!  We still have our fingers crossed for a trip there later this summer.

Back at the campground, we relaxed with a campfire.  Our evening entertainment was to watchh the newbies arrive, trying to get parked (with the wife and husband yelling and cursing at each other) and getting the screen tent set up.  Lots of people have left and new ones have replaced them today. 

DINNER:  Sort of a Middle East theme….Appetizers were rice-stuffed grape leaves (thanks to Trader Joe’s).  Dinner was previously grilled chicken thighs that I spiced up with a chili paste.  Sides were cumin-flavored chickpeas, green beans, and flatbread pieces. 

BOOK:  Another rather silly book I picked up at a campground swap “library”.  “Honeymoon With My Brother” by Franz Wisner.  It is a travelogue written by a guy whose bride jilted him at the altar.  Rather than lose the honeymoon trip tickets, he and his brother make the trip,  and then traveled around the world.  2 stars out of 5

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