This past weekend the Grand Rapids Cotton crew went up to Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula. It was an early birthday trip for Beard, as well as a chance to see the changing colors before all the leaves are down on the ground!
Our first stop once we arrived was the Upper Falls.
Then we hopped in the car and went to the Fish House. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I ended up getting WAS THE BEST FISH I'VE EVER HAD. Seriously, it was delicious. We had to wait outside because the place was full when we arrived, but it was worth the wait. We also happened to arrive on the last day of the season. They catch all their fish fresh every morning and once the season is over, they close their doors until the next year.
After lunch, we headed to Whitefish Point. We didn't stay too long because wanted to head over to the lower falls before it started getting dark.
Finally we arrived at the lower falls. Since it was so late in the year, we weren't able to take a boat across and explore, but we did hike around on the path until it turns into a rough trail. You can hike back and fourth between the falls, but it's a 8 mile round trip and it was cold and slippery. Plus, we had stopped at the upper falls earlier in the day, so we ditched the trail and decided to head back to the truck. By the time we got back, it was snowing pretty heavy.
On our way back to get dinner, we stopped at the Tahquamenon Natural Area and hiked around a little. The snow made everything gorgeous as the sun was setting.
The next day on our way home, we stopped to "climb the tower for a dollar"... It ended up being way cooler than we thought and I got an awesome panoramic photo of the bridge and the lake.
This is the second time Beard and I have been up to the UP this year, and I hope we make it a annual trip. There's just something about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that's magical.