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Tahquamenon Falls

Beach at campsite

It rains in the night and is cooler this morning, and still overcast.

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a long, narrow piece of land physically connected to the main block of Michigan only by the Mackinac Bridge. On the north is Lake Superior, while on the south east is Lake Michigan and on the south west, Wisconsin. It is the wild part of Michigan, that is the forested land surrounded by water.

My day begins in the south east corner where I turn right out of the campground on to Highway 2 which runs along the south of the peninsula. I catch glimpses of Lake Michigan through the trees, blue and serene. After about fifty miles, I turn north on Highway 117 and then 123 to see Lower and Upper Tahquamenon Falls, both requiring some walking to reach, which I am ready for now.

All through the peninsula I see advertisements for "pasties." At first glance, I thought pastries, but no, these are kind of like a meat pie, something I saw in Cornwall, England, and apparently is also popular in Norway and Sweden.

After lunch and the falls, I drive on to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is on north coast, on Lake Superior. Arms of land, solid with trees extend into the water, creating a bay. I have been sufficiently warned about black flies and mosquitoes that I decide to take the boat tour, however, it isn't running today because the water is too rough.

"Maybe tomorrow afternoon."

I decide to keep driving west, stopping after five at Camp Mitchigimme on Highway 28. It's on a lake with quite a sandy beach, I note in my first walk around. However, the temperature now is in the low 60s and I am not inclined to stay outside very much, except for a walk before dinner and another one after.

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