Michigan is a place I have a deep love for. Obviously I’m biased because I was born and raised here. However, it really is a perfect place to live, we are surrounded by the five great lakes, we don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes (okay we do get tornadoes but hardly ever), we have all four beautiful seasons… I could go on forever.
The thing is I never really explored the U.P as we Michiganders call it very much until a year ago. We decided to visit the U.P and camp at the end of December. Why? I have no idea, that’s just what we do, crazy things. Nevertheless, it was really fun despite the cold because it was something new and exciting. Camping in the snow, hiking completely frozen, using the bathroom outside… in the woods… in the snow. Sleeping outside with nothing but our sleeping bags and a thin tent to keep us warm. I promise it was all great 🙂
To get to the U.P you have to cross the famous Mackinac Bridge. Somewhere very soon after crossing the bridge we stopped at a beautiful beach with some really nice trails. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name but Michigan has SO MANY beautiful beaches (we have cold water though).
Next was Tahquamenon Falls, they have the upper and lower falls. We were more interested in the upper falls. We actually climbed down a very large cliff to get some epic pictures. We weren’t supposed to but come on, that’s what adventure is about! The climb back up was not as fun but it was definitely worth it.
Our next stop, more north was Pictured Rocks state park. This is where we camped and did many hiking trails. I like to hike in the winter the most. It’s such a refreshing feeling. Your body is warm from all the physical activity despite the cold. However, the refreshing cold air hits your face and its an indescribable feeling. We did an 8 mile hike passing beautiful cliffs in the forest to get to Chapel Rock, which sat so picturesque on the Lake Superior beach.
Lake Superior was covered with washed up rocks smoothed by the water. Facing the water you would think you were looking out into the ocean. Behind you would hear the sound of a waterfall flowing down through the forest to the beach and into the water. Pure Michigan is just what it was and that’s the only way to describe it.
Our last stop before heading home was Minors Castle, a huge rock formation on lake superior. That day the wind was blowing like crazy and it was freezing, so I had my hood covering all of my face. We were only able to spend a few minutes looking over the edge of a cliff to see Minors Castle because there was no wind cover and we were so cold.
There’s still so much I have to explore in the U.P and the lower peninsula as well. In a way I feel as if it’s impossible to experience everything because there will always be something new I can do or see here in Michigan. I hope I’ve inspired you all to visit our Pure Michigan!