Saturday, September 12, 2009

YooPee Vacation days

No, this is not a blank shot. Read on. We spent a lovely several days revisiting childhood haunts in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yes, Michigan consists of two peninsulas for those of you who've never been here or thought about how we are situated. The water in which the two peninsulas are situated are divided into three of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. We visited all three. On the first night, we stayed in St. Ignace, on the Upper Peninsula's Lower border at the Straits of Mackinaw. That night (Sept. 8) about 9:20, we watched the Space Shuttle Discovery (those two specks on black) begin her reentry in beautiful starry skies. It had a "ghost" accompany it, and was illuminated by the already set sun. In the following picture, you'll see both the shuttle and the "ghost." Since we couldn't get that information, we assume the double vision may have been an illusion created by the sun. We went on to Tahquamenon Falls, the largest Falls in Michigan. The photo shows the upper falls, a shot of Pearly Everlasting wildflowers and a Wild Roberto sighting. At Kitch iti kipi springs, we rode the self-pulled raft into the pond to view the unbelievably turquoise water as it bubbled up from the spring at the bottom while lake trout swam in abundance. We saw six Bald Eagles during our stay, though we didn't get photos, and we saw a loon at the Seney Wildlife Refuge, in which we traveled very slowly on a cowpath type road for seven miles in the wilds. Just breathtaking. Of course we traveled over the Mackinaw Bridge (five mile expansion bridge) twice, going and coming home. The sunset shot above is from the east over Lake Michigan as gulls flew overhead. One lake shot is of Lake Huron, swans and a barge and tugs probably being towed toward the Soo Locks (Sault St. Marie). Upon on the Keeweenaw Peninsula (Michigan's northernmost land) we got one shot of a roadside falls (and none of Lake Superior because my camera ran out of battery juice and we were off the peninsula before I could reload). Big disappointment, as we visited the fort at the tippy top of the peninsula where foreign soldiers kept peace during mining operations (copper and iron) in the mid-1800s. We just had a lovely time, and are glad to be home sleeping in our own bed, using our own bathroom, once again.