Michigan Upper Peninsula Waterfall Trip

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Caroline, Dad, and I went to the Michigan Upper Peninsula on a photography trip! This was Caroline’s first overnight trip focusing on pictures and without Mom. We were away from home for 4 days.

See my post on Paul S. Reid Photos about this trip if you just want to see my pictures.

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We left on July 30th, 2020.

We drove for two hours before eating breakfast in Madison, Wisconsin, at Cracker Barrel. I ate French toast.

Next, we stopped at a camera store to get a tripod for Caroline since she did not have one yet and a new one for me since mine was falling apart and was getting too small for me.

An hour later, we arrived at a waterfall called Granite Quarry Falls, in Montello, Wisconsin. Dad had a phone call for work so he stayed in the car while Caroline and I went across the street to the waterfall. We also found a geocache there!

Next, we called Mom and Mary. We drove for three hours until we reached a Mexican restaurant called Casa Mexicana (that’s “Mexican House” in English). I ordered a taco, but I didn’t like it very much.

After two more hours, we reached Michigan and went to another waterfall named Bond Falls. While walking back to the car, we saw a snake! (all waterfalls & rapid names made up)

Just 15 minutes down the road was Agate Falls.

We called Mom and Mary again. Finally, we went to the hotel and went to sleep.

The next day we went to a McDonald’s drive-thru to pick up some breakfast. We called Mom and Mary in the car on the way to the Black River Harbor Recreation Area, where we ae it. I had pancakes. Then we walked over to the harbor and took pictures.

We followed the Black River upstream/south and stopped at numerous waterfalls along the way: Rainbow Falls,

Sandstone Falls,

Gorge Falls,

and Potawatomi Falls.

Next, we were going to go to Copper Peak (an old ski jumping hill), but their chairlift was broken. We could have driven up their maintenance road, but we decided to come back the next day in the hopes that it would be fixed.

We drove to Walmart to get food so we didn’t have to keep stopping at restaurants. We took the food to the hotel and made sandwiches for everyone to eat for the rest of the trip, then ate one. After video calling Mom and packing up our cooler, we headed out again.

We went on a walk that was about 2 miles long at Presque Isle Scenic Area. We saw three waterfalls: Manabezho Falls, Manido Falls, and Lapisto Falls. Caroline waded in the river. We ate some dinner at the picnic table there.


*Can You Guess it?*

Below is a picture of something very close up. Can you guess what it is? Thanks to Grandma Peggy for the idea so many years ago! (This one is kinda easy, I have some other harder ones from other trips I’ll share sometime)

How quick did you guess it? Tell us in the comments below!


Then, we went back to the hotel, watched A Series of Unfortunate Events, and went to bed late.

The next day, after breakfast, we drove to Saxon Falls over in Wisconsin.

Next, we went to Potato River Falls. We all went to the lower falls, then I went to the upper falls by myself since Caroline and Dad were too tired.