I’m going to go back in time, and talk to you about our incredible 2 months road trip that took place in the US during summer 2013. We’ve explored different places, but let’s start by something a bit off the beaten-paths… a road trip around one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Lakes !
We left Marquette behind, and drove towards another interesting State Park, Tahquamenon Falls. The park is known for its two famous brown waterfalls. The colour of the water is quite surprising at first sight, it is actually due to the presence of tannins coming from the Cedar swamps nearby. It was the first time I was seeing such a colour ! I first thought it was polluted ! Haha ! The Upper Falls are the most easily reachable via a paved pathway starting at the parking area. From there, you can do the 4 mile hiking trail along the river to the Lower Falls… At the beginning, we were planning to do it, as well as some kayaking but the rain really affected our motivation. Instead, we had lunch at The Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Restaurant.. where we had to wait for a very long time before having a seat. The weather encouraged people to stay inside and they were not in a hurry to leave the place. The homemade brews didn’t really blow my mind away but the food was quite good !
After this rainy interlude, we decided to go straight to Sault Sainte Marie, at the boundary between the US and the Canada, hoping for a better weather. We visited the locks and had a glimpse at Lake Huron. When I thought about it, that day was probably not the highlight of this road trip, even if Taquamenon Falls were really pretty :-)
The next morning, we took the Mackinac bridge. It is a scary suspension bridge that makes the connexion between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan where you can see through it while driving. The bridge is longer than 5 km which seems really long when you are driving on it. I was relieved once we got to the other side. I was surprised we had to pay to take it, but it was only 5$. And then we arrived in Mackinaw city… (to be continued)