Visit to one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi!
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We reached our first destination of the trip at around 11:00 AM. Looking forward to a long walk after sitting in the car for hours, we grabbed our lunches and headed for the Upper Falls. As the title suggests, this is one of the biggest falls east of the Mississippi River. It is over a 50 foot drop and some 200 feet across. While it does not compare to Niagara, it is still quite impressive! We took some time and walked down near the falls, snapping off a few photos and enjoying a perfect day. The mist from the waterfall felt great while we hung out in the sunshine. We made some sandwiches on a bench right down by the waterfall. Shortly thereafter, we headed back up the path and drove the 4 miles to the lower falls.
The Lower Falls are a series of falls made as the Tahquamenon River splits around an island. This part of the river is very open and shallow, and the lower falls made for a fun place to head into the water and relax. Not realizing just how strong the current was, I ventured out into the river. Rocks covered with algae under the water make it that much more difficult to walk through the water, but the water was a perfect temperature for swimming. Many people did just that, bringing their swimsuits and splashing around. I, on the other hand, did not have my swimsuit on...so I had no intention of falling! After numerous attempts and nearly losing my balance many times, I did make it to the center of the river.
Even with people around, it was very relaxing and very quiet, and a great place to get away. We spent a good part of the afternoon there before heading north to Whitefish Point on Lake Superior.