Friday, October 10, 2014

Touring the Tahquamenon River


We're past the peak of the Fall colors up here in the UP, but there is still much beauty to be found. The weather has been finicky - the weatherman calls it Lake Effect (LE) rain showers.

Well, he ain't kiddin'.

It can be so pretty outside, the sun shines, the birds sing, the dogs bask...then, a downpour!

We all run for cover.

And this is when I just filled the clothesline with laundry.

At least it isn't Lake Effect snowshowers.

Yet.

Last week Steve and I took a ride up the Tahquamenon River in our boat, when the weather was absolutely beautiful up here. We launched the boat just south of Paradise, Michigan.


We put in at the mouth of the Tahquamenon River. It was a calm warm day and Lake Superior was lying flat.



But we didn't go east onto Lake Superior. We went northwest up the Tahquamenon River to see the Fall colors. Here we are going underneath US 123.



There isn't much color in this picture, but I love how the water mirrors the pines, trees, sky, and clouds.



There is quite a bit of debris in the river so both Steve and I were on alert.




You have to look close, but I managed a quick shot of these two ducks flying off.



I pointed my camera over the side of the boat at the water for this shot.



More debris...





Sometimes the skies threatened rain.


We rounded a bend and found these people crossing the river in rowboats.


We realized we had made it to our destination - the Lower Tahquamenon Falls. We weren't able to get any closer as there were stumps and rocks and sticks in the way.

It took us approximately 17 miles to get here by boat from the mouth of the Tahquamenon River.

Here's a few posts I did on the Upper Falls:

Here's a LINK that will take you to a website that will show pictures of both the Upper and Lower Falls.


Eventually the clouds started to break up.


The sunshine illuminated the colors.






We anchored here and fished awhile.

We caught nothing but a few fish did tease us.



Back to the mouth and Lake Superior.


The road home...

3 comments:

Shirley Vandyke said...

Thanks for the beautiful UP color tour. Awesom. Fl. BC

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Debi said...

You are welcome! Do palm trees change color? :)