The Upper Peninsula is a world of its own, much less populated and developed than the Lower Peninsula, and full of natural wonder. Even though I've lived in Michigan all these years, I never traveled in the U.P., and my husband, also a life-long Michigander, hadn't either. We decided we needed to remedy that this year, and so we did.
Going to the U.P. means driving over the Straits of Mackinac on the beautiful Mackinac Bridge
with views of Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Huron to the east. You can see Mackinac Island there in Lake Huron:
You can walk under the bridge through this charming tunnel:
And in the tunnel under the bridge you will find this door:
|The name on the door says "T. Troll."|
When we were done admiring the lake and throwing rocks into it, we continued west to our destination that day--Palms Book State Park:
home of Kitch-iti-kipi, a 45-foot-deep freshwater spring:
There is a self-operated glass-bottom raft:
and you can gaze in wonder at the beauty of the depths below:
The billowing sand in the photo directly above shows where water enters the spring. The early people in this area called this spring Mirror of Heaven. It truly is a wonder to behold.
Our journey continues...stay tuned!