Friday, August 17, 2007

I've Had Three Days of Hiking into Waterfalls, Climbing Lighthouses and Other Touristy Things

I have climbed more stairs than I care to remember. When I got to the top, I was peeking out of that little window waaay up there.

I am so very thankful that I have never had to tend a lighthouse to make a living! Imagine climbing these stairs many times each day.

I can offer one piece of very good advice. Do not, I repeat, do not wear platform flip flops to climb up lighthouses!In a very short time I had this owwiiee Ouch!I would never have worn these shoes if I had known what the day had in store. We just happened to come upon this lighthouse and decided on the spur of the moment to go investigate.

I am very happy to report that I was not afraid to cross the mighty Mac.

A still photo just does not do justice to the beauty of this magnificent bridge. I took a few seconds of video so you could get the real feeling of going across it.

We did make it to Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise, MI. Tahquamenon has two sets of falls--the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls. To get to the falls you have to walk a lot
We did not actually walk the full three miles for this one. It was only about 3/4 of a mile into the woods to get to the part we wanted to see. Once we got there, guess what we had to climb down....

more stairs.......94 of them to be exact....
94 down and 94 back up.

We were very surprised by the lack of water at the falls. Normally there is no gap in the middle. The water should be rushing over the entire rock ledge.

Here is a very short video of the Upper Falls. You can hear the rushing water and get a real sense of being there.

It's about a 7-mile drive to get to the lower falls. I had heard they had boats you could rent to take you to the falls. I anticipated a tourist boat much like the one we recently took at the Soo Locks.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that these were the boats

I looked at DH and said "You've got to be kidding!" We aren't much for water sports and neither of us know how to row a boat.

The only thing left to do was walk another couple of miles. Luckily I had found a bandaid in my purse which helped a lot with the sore foot.

At the lower falls there were teenagers swimming even though signs against swimming were posted everywhere.
It looked like such fun.

Once we got back from the second set of falls we went into the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub.

I don't even drink beer, but I was so thristy. They presented a sample of the 4 different beers they had available that day. I chose the Raspberry Ale, the lightest one they had. We also ordered a couple of bags of beer nut cashews.

We spent a well deserved part of the late afternoon gulping ale and munching on cashews. I even liked the beer.


  1. Awwww I wanted to see a video of you rowing one of those boats! lol Sounds like a fabulous time and I so enjoyed the pictures and videos. I know what you mean about wedge heeled flip flops and stairs...I learned the hard way also that those two don't go together! lol Those teenagers are risking their lives being in the lower falls...there's a reason why there are signs saying NO swimming!! I guess we were all daring at that age! lol xox

  2. Only in your dreams, Miss Pea! LOL.
    How far are you from the International Bridge? Tahquamenon Falls is not that far from Canada--Probably about an hour's drive.

  3. It was great to 'go along' on part of your holiday!! Via video clips that is!
    Sounds like you had a nice holiday!

  4. That looks like fun! And what a beautiful place. I love waterfalls. Rowboats are not fun (imo), but if they offered sit-on kayaks, I'd be all over it! :) Glad you had a nice week.

  5. Gosh, it's almost like going to the movies. Thanks, Zoey. Glad you had a lovely few days despite the shoe problem. Comfortable footwear is an absolute must for me, no matter what I'm doing, even at the risk of being somewhat less than fashionable.

  6. I'm about 4 1/2 hours from the International Bridge...Steve & I are thinking of going to the Kewadin Casino one of these days when he has more time off work. I would love to also make it to those falls!!

    You were also asking what I do with all the dill pickles I make...I have 2 boys who come home and think my shelves are a grocery store! lol We also give some to my mom and a few friends:-)

  7. I think I'd go along with the comment of Alice. Nice to see the little films. Hope your foot is ok again!
    Have a nice weekend!

  8. What pretty scenery and great videos! I've seen some pretty waterfalls in the Poconos of Penna.
    Yeah, you gotta wear proper footwear for hiking and climbing stairs. Those were cute shoes though. And I'm not a beer drinker either. They would have had to make me some iced tea. ; )
    Thanks for sharing.
    I stayed right in front of a lighthouse for a few days.

  9. Betty,
    It was a great get-a-way. Thanks for stopping by.

    I actually thought of you and Giddy when I saw those row boats. I thought either of you two would have jumped right in!

    I am beginning to favor comfort over fashion, too. I guess we all finally see the light at some point.

    I was at that very casino on Thursday afternoon. Wouldn't it be something if we bumped into each other some day there?

    The foot is fine now, thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the videos. Now that I have discovered how easy it is to use that camera feature I will be using it more often. I think it really adds a bit of reality to the post.

    Dianne, You might have liked this beer. I had a hint of raspberry flavor and was very light. I seem to be trying lots of things I used to not like and now I am liking them. Must be going through a change in the taste buds.

  10. Zoey, raspberry beer? I'm up for that! I enjoyed your videos, it's just like being there. Odd to see the falls without the cascade covering all the rock walls. I'm going to have to hunt up my photo I took from the same vantage point because I'm pretty sure all the wildflowers were pink!

  11. Hi lostroses,
    Maybe you were there earlier in the year when the pink flowers were blooming. :) I want to go there again in the fall. Wouldn't it be beautiful then?

  12. It was fun to travel with you, Zoey - waterfalls are too wonderful.

    It kills me to struggle up to the top of something [in sensible walking shoes, of course] and find wispy teenage girls in flip flops at the top. It amazes me that they never fall!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  13. Zoey, I love reading your blog; it's like watching a travelogue! Sounds and looks like you had a great bit of time off.

  14. The raspberry ale sounds sooo good right now! I really like beer and am always willing to try something new. Never heard of that before!


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