2014 Midwest USA Redux travel blog

Bruce Crossing - Stannard Township Park - Site 2

Bruce Crossing - Stannard Township Park - Site 2, another view

Ishpeming to Bruce Cossing, MI 1 - a little hillier and rockier...

Ishpeming to Bruce Cossing, MI 2 - still lots of lakes besides...

Ishpeming to Bruce Cossing, MI 3 and still not much but forest...

Ishpeming to Bruce Cossing, MI 4 - this small church typical of...

Agate and Bond Falls 1 - the bridge we went under to...

Agate and Bond Falls 2 - the other side

Agate and Bond Falls 3 - it's 85 years old!

Agate and Bond Falls 4 - and the wildflowers along the way

Agate and Bond Falls 5 - Agate Falls

Agate and Bond Falls 6 - Agate Falls a little closer

Agate and Bond Falls 7 - one-half of Bond Falls

Agate and Bond Falls 8 - all of Bond Falls, a good...

Agate and Bond Falls 9 - the left side of Bond Falls

Agate and Bond Falls 10 - a mama and a whole bunch...

Canyon Falls 1 - a Yellow Birch tree - don't believe I...

Canyon Falls 2

Canyon Falls 3 - now that's my kind of trail marker -...

Canyon Falls 4 - we had walked the specified 10-15 minutes and...

Canyon Falls 5 - nope, but this one was the real deal!

Canyon Falls 6 - and a look upstream

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 0 - our route - 237 miles

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 1 - a pretty sign denoting entrance into L'Anse,...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 2 - a pretty little town right on the...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 3 - notice you have to learn to parallel...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 4

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 5 - Shrine of Bishop Baraga. First Bishop of...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 6 - coming in to Houghton, MI, the largest...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 7

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 8 - crossed over Portage Bay from Houghton and...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 9 - the Moore center at Finlandia University, formerly...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 10 - more and more forests

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 11 - and then about the last 20 miles...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 12 - on the way back we hugged the...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 13

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 14 - the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 15 - the Eagle Harbor Beach - notice everyone...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 16 - this snow gauge shows how much snow...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 17 - over 30 feet in the winter of...

Keweenaw Peninsula Trip 18 - this is a snowmobile crossing - they...

Ontonagon Trip 1 - the Irish Hollow Cemetery, one of the oldest...

Ontonagon Trip 2 - the road in wasn't very well maintained -...

Ontonagon Trip 3 - one of the unique monuments

Ontonagon Trip 4 - the overgrown fireweed at the cemetery - the...

Ontonagon Trip 5 - we stopped in Old Victoria - still no...

Ontonagon Trip 6 - they have refurbished many of the old buildings

Ontonagon Trip 7

Ontonagon Trip 8

Ontonagon Trip 9 - a model cabin

Ontonagon Trip 10 - the model tree uses shavings for branches -...

Ontonagon Trip 11 - the old Octonagon Courthouse built in 1886

Ontonagon Trip 12 - notice the brick masonry on the eaves

Ontonagon Trip 13 - one house has some interesting lawn art

Ontonagon Trip 14

Ontonagon Trip 15 - the main building of the old Ontonagon County...

Ontonagon Trip 16 - downtown Ontonagon

Ontonagon Trip 17 - they do like parallel parking around here!!

Falls Trip 0 - our route - 119 miles

Black River Falls 1 - a statue as we enter Bergland, MI...

Black River Falls 2 - in Bessemer, MI just as we turn...

Black River Falls 3 - nothing but electric lines, trees and asphalt...

Black River Falls 4 - side view of the ski jump at...

Black River Falls 5 - front view of the ski jump and...

Black River Falls 6 - a lot of snowmobile signs as well

Black River Falls 7 - our trail down to Potawatomi Falls

Black River Falls 8 - Potawatomi Falls through the trees

Black River Falls 9 - a front view of Potawatomi Falls

Black River Falls 10 - a view of Potawatomi Falls from farther...

Black River Falls 11 - Gorge Falls

Black River Falls 12 - Gorge Falls, a little closer

Black River Falls 13 - Doris has almost made it back up...

Black River Falls 14 - she looks a little surprised she made...

Black River Falls 15 - these are Thimbleberries - only found in...

Black River Falls 16 - this is Sandstone Falls from the top

Black River Falls 17 - Sandstone Falls from downstream a little

Black River Falls 18 - there were 149 of these at Sandstone...

Black River Falls 19 - We drove by Big Powderhorn Ski Resort...

Black River Falls 20 - they had their sign as we got...

Black River Falls 21 - it's Saturday and all kinds of happenings,...

Black River Falls 22 - some of the trees are already starting...


It was a very pleasant, smooth 79 miles from Ishpeming to Bruce Crossing, MI. The terrain was like most of the upper peninsula, hilly and covered with pine forests.

We are staying at the Stannard Township Park which is a small city park with only about six usable sites. We have 30 amps and that's it. We came in with a little over a half tank of fresh water and we will dump as we leave. Satellite access was easy and Verizon is pretty good but we are having trouble with the MiFi. We'll have to check it out next time we are somewhere there is a Verizon store.

Shortly after arriving we backtracked a bit to look at Agate Falls and Bond Falls. These are pretty popular falls, especially Bond Falls, to never get any marketing or anything. Bond Falls is actually a Michigan State Park with their exorbitant entry fees. After viewing the falls we came back into town and ate a late lunch at the local Char's Café which served pretty good sandwiches.

Thursday we headed up to Keweenaw Peninsula which is the northern most point in Michigan, sticking way out into Lake Superior. It is also the home to several old copper mines that were worked all the way back to pre white man times. It was a long day (237 miles) but gave us plenty of scenic views. We took the highway all the way up to Copper Harbor and then back down, sometimes on a different road.

Friday, we journeyed up to Ontonagon which is the gateway to the Porcupine Mountain area. The Porcupine Mountain is the largest of the Michigan State Parks and is very popular. If they have Verizon at their campground, that might be a good place to spend a couple of weeks in the future.

Saturday, we headed out to see a few falls on the Black River flowing north into Lake Superior. It was a 119 mile drive but well worth it. We saw three falls there: Potawatomi, Gorge and Sandstone. They were really nice and it was the first real hiking we have done on this trip. That makes six falls we have seen on this stop and they were all very good.

Tomorrow we head for Ashland, WI where we will spend four nights at the local city park IF they have room. I still need to find an alternative in case there is no room in the inn.

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