Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tahquamenon Falls

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. This phenomenon is responsible for the alternative local name 'Root Beer Falls'.

The upper falls are more than 200 feet across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet. During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 gallons of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York State.

The Tahquamenon is noted as being the land of Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" where Hiawatha built his canoe.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Munising Falls

This is a 50 foot waterfall in the city of Munising, Michigan. It was only a quarter mile hike to get to it.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Miner's Castle

We traveled down this neat road in the upper peninsula (UP) of Michigan to get to Miner's Castle along the southern Lake Superior shoreline in what is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The only way to really see any more of the shoreline was by boat. We got there too late for a boat ride.