#41 Upper Tahquamenon Falls

 

Two days before New Years Eve, my friend Linda and I went to see the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls.

 

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The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. I got this information from http://www.exploringthenorth.com/tahqua/tahqua.html

 

 

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The ice and snow vied for attention with their beautiful displays.

 

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Linda took this picture (most of them actually). Sometimes we overlook the beauty in the little things in nature. I’m glad she caught this.

 

 

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Frosted trees. Nice.

 

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Every season offers a different experience. It was around ten or fifteen years ago that I came here in the fall. Each season has a beauty of its’ own.

 

 

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That white branch is pointing at the falls.

 

 

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Brrrrr. Don’t fall in. (If you stay on the paths, it’s very safe).

 

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That tree line is a lovely border for the falls.

 

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There’s a four mile hiking trail from the Upper Falls to the Lower Falls. I did that in the Fall once. The trail often winds away from the river and then it winds back. If you like hikes, I recommend coming in the fall but I’m partial to the beautiful colors and the weather is perfect – not too hot or cold.

 

 

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It’s hard for rushing water to freeze, but it’s trying.

 

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What lurks beneath the surface to make the water churn wildly in certain spots?

 

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Nice view.

 

 

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This is downstream from the mighty Tahquamenon.

 

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I’ll pass on taking a dip today. Looks cold.

 

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Such a clear sky. It was a perfect day.

 

 

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This park is tourist friendly. They have signs like this, paved walks, bathrooms and even a restaurant and gift shop at the Upper Falls. Best of all… here it comes… it’s WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! You already know I love that!

 

 

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The view of the river along the trail is occasionally blocked, but even these views aren’t bad!

 

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Fantastic!

 

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Such power!

 

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Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree….

 

 

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The amber color is from tannin from the Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock in the swamps.

 

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Linda and I were able to get some nice lady to take our picture for us.

 

 

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A zoomed-in shot. I didn’t go down. On the very first step, I almost slipped and fell. Just a tad icy. Linda was more adventurous, so I took pictures of her. There are plenty of viewing areas here, so don’t worry, I got plenty of nice views.

 

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Yes, to go out to this viewing deck and get right near the falls, you do have to take these steps. But there are plenty of great views without going down or up steps.

 

 

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We’re on our walk back to our car.

 

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The trail allows you to get different views from several angles.

 

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It was a nice, little walk back to our car. Not bad at all. Of the 300 or more falls in the U.P., this one (I’m pretty sure) gets the most visitors and is the most well known – for very good reasons! You have to come see it some time!

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