APRIL U.P. WATERFALLS

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  1. us56456712

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    If you have the money and no obligations this is the month to leave Michigan's U.P. The weather is a time warp, it varies from 50F (last week) in the day to -2F (today) at night. Right now it's winter. It started snowing on Friday so we drove to camp, just to look at different snowbanks.
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    There was too much snow to ride a bike and it was so cold that I snapped a bolt off of a gooseneck I was working on so I brought my wife's 3 speed wheel inside the camp to fix a flat.
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    Saturday morning it was still snowing so we went on a five mile waterfall hike. The creeks are open so the water is quite high in the rivers so we thought a waterfall/brewery tour would give us something to do.

    Open creek, still over a foot of old snow in the woods but last week it was warm enough for the spring runoff.
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    Hiking to the falls. Saturday had weird weather, snowing and suddenly it was clear and bright, back and forth all day like that.
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    There is an island in the river that splits the lower falls into an east and west series of cataracts. It drops 23 feet here. The east Lower Falls, its snowing so its not a clear picture.
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    Walking to the west Lower Falls.
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    West Lower Falls. There is still more falls below this cascade but I couldn't get down there to take a picture
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    Four miles later we get a glimpse of the Upper Falls through the snow.
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    A little farther along the hike and we got a better view.
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    5 miles and 26 flights of stairs.
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    The tannin colored falls behind the snow.
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    End of the stairs at the lip of the falls.
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    Upper Falls, third largest USA water fall east of the Mississippi. 200 feet across and drops 50 feet.
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    Pictures posted at the falls in a shadow box. Spring log jam
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    There isn't enough money in the world to get me to do this
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    End of the trail
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    Back at camp
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    We didn't leave on Sunday because we were told that you could only drive 35 mph because of blowing snow and there were two cars in the ditch at the rock cut so we came home Monday

    Another falls on the road home
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  2. deorman

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    3 dog night? :grin:
     
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    Yup, the Brittany, the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier and the German Short Hair Boxer mutt. This morning my hiking boots had the laces gnawed off. Everyone was feigning innocence. No remains of the laces to be found, yum. The dogs could run at camp in the woods as the foot of snow under the fresh 6 inches had been melted and was frozen solid. I love to watch them run and jump over fallen logs and dodge through the trees. They chase each other all over the place.
     
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    It's Wednesday night and still snowing. It's been snowing since last Friday except for part of Sunday. They are predicting snow every day until a week from tomorrow, then it is going to be partly cloudy and 37 F. Yeah! I wish I was in Arizona. Can't wait to ride any of my bikes. Think Spring.
     
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    It snowed again last night, it's cold out. Just a light cover, not enough to get the plows out. I'm not going outside until it melts. Think spring.
     
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    Love the photos of Tahquamenon Falls. They remind me of one thing, Beer. I was up there a few years ago doing some volunteer work in Cedarville. Love the town, but had to make my own excitement.
     
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    Beautiful man, great story and history about the area....I always say "one thing about MI, it gets nicer the further North ya go" and this is proof! -Good karma your way from a troll...
     
  8. cman

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    why is the water tannin colored?
     
  9. alistair clark

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    I think its from the leaves that had fallen in to the river. For as long as I can remember that river was that color. Or it could be form the mineral content from the land. For many years mining iron and copper was a big think in the UP. The area has an interesting labor history, interesting as in bad.
     
  10. OneHorsePower

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    HumMMm BeerFall :crazy:
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    Very nice place :thumbsup:
     
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    Luce County is almost all swamp and as such it is owned by the State of Michigan. The State owns most of Luce county because it is all swamp and the River drains the swamps. The leaves and evergreen needles fall into the swamps and sit as they are drained slowly.
     
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