Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was a Good Day – Driving the Upper Peninsula

We spent several days in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan in June. I have posted articles on some of these already, but this summation brings together this entire day, which was a very good day for us. I added the links to the earlier posts where you can find more details and pictures.

On our first full day there, we pack into the van and start driving leaving our hotel in St. Ignace.

Lake Huron Morning
Lake Huron Morning

Our first stop: Cut River Bridge, on US 2 between Epoufette and Brevort. You can see nothing from the road, but underneath the bridge deck is some marvelous engineering that blends into the scenery.

Cut River Bridge
Cut River Bridge

From there, we drive north on county roads through the swamps of the interior. We pass through Newberry stopping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. We walk trails out to see both the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls. You can see by the pictures why people call them the ‘Root Beer’ falls!

Upper Falls
Upper Falls
Lower Falls
Lower Falls

A few miles north of the falls and on the tip marking the entrance of Whitefish Bay off of Lake Superior, we see the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. It was about 50°F and very breezy at this stop.

Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Around Whitefish Bay a few miles further we stop at the Point Iroquois Lighthouse. We climb to the top of this lighthouse for a wonderful view of Whitefish Bay!

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse

We pass through Brimley then stop at Brimley State Park and the girls get to see the beach where I swam as a kid camping with my family. I told them I had built sand castles here; I am not sure they could picture me piling up sand and shaping it into something coherent.

Brimley State Park
Brimley State Park

A short drive takes us to Sault Ste. Marie where we visit the Soo Locks…

The Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie
The Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie

…and then we pillage the best fudge shop in North America: Fudge Du Locke – just across the street from the locks!

Fudge Du Locke shop, Sault Ste. Marie
Fudge Du Locke shop, Sault Ste. Marie

We travel back to St. Ignace down I-75 stopping only to pick up some pasties to have for supper. Pasties contain rutabagas, potatoes, onions, shredded beef and you cover them with brown gravy. One of these is a full meal. I ate one every night we were there!

Authentic homemade Pastie from the Upper Peninsula prior to consumption
Authentic homemade Pastie from the Upper Peninsula prior to consumption

Ending our day, we drive out to Bridge View Park in St. Ignace, and we got some night-time shots of the Mackinac Bridge.

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It was a long, tiring day, but we enjoyed it. This is my kind of vacation – driving around, visiting the sights – relaxing by getting worn out!

You can see good days had by others at the Weekly Photo Challenge: This Was a Good Day!

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