I live in Michigan. It is cold. People are heading south for warm weather getaways. Me, I headed north with a friend. It just seems so much easier to embrace the cold than to complain about it everyday!
We were planning on hiking in to see some of the frozen waterfalls. Funny how you live somewhere your whole life and just don't take the time to do that stuff! So this was the year.
We started our weekend staying in Mackinaw City - which is at the tip of the middle finger in the mitten we call Michigan. We got up early and ventured out to take some pictures of the bridge and lighthouse before we headed further north
That's the Mackinac Bridge which connects the upper and lower peninsula's of Michigan and this is the frozen underside of the bridge!
While exploring the beach, I took a step and found myself sinking into a snowdrift! One foot was stuck in snow up to the middle of my thigh - the other was up on an ice shelf! I needed the help of a friend to pull me out! I am so grateful for friends who help me out of the jams I get myself into!
Then we headed across the bridge to catch people golfing 9 holes on Lake Huron! They were pulling their clubs in little sleds! We even had a girl ask us if we wanted a little drama for our photos and she slid across the ice onto the frozen putting green!
Onward north west to Tahquamenon Falls.....
only a small piece of the river was open, the rest was frozen! The water is a root beer color. I must have been thirsty or hungry because I thought of a root beer float when I saw the white ice and the brown water!
Onward from Tahquamenon to Munising to check out the Munising Falls. They too were frozen solid, but the water was babbling away under the ice!
Ice caves had formed on Lake Superior. There were actually people climbing the sheets of ice! These are not my photos but those of photographer Josh Nowicki from St Joe MI. Josh takes some amazing photos of Michigan!
Then onward to Manistique to check out the Big Spring. The spring water temperature is constant and never changes so it never freezes in the winter. While we were out on the raft we commented how usually the spring is full of fish and we didn't see a single one!
Just as we made that comment, an eagle swooped down and flew over the Spring and up river. It was so fast, we had a hard time catching it on film...
We sat there for a minute hoping it would make a second pass, but it didn't. Stillness returned.
and so did the fish!
It was an awesome weekend filled with laughs, stories, hiking, climbing, and not so healthy eating friendly food. There were pasties (a northern Michigan dish sort of like a pot pie without the gravy), pancakes, fried fish and biscuits and gravy. I am sure the scale is not happy with my food choices and I can't say I am real happy about them either. I'm sure there were some steps backward on the scale - and now there is ground to make up! However, sometimes you have to take a few steps off the path and explore - it doesn't mean my journey is over.
I was in total awe of nature and the human spirit. What a great way to break up the boredom of winter!