Alan and I have visited Acadia National Park in the fall, and it is truly beautiful, but I don’t think it’s any more stunning than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) in autumn. It wasn’t quite autumn when we got lost in blue crossing the Mighty Mac during our last trip, but the U.P. was every bit as beautiful as we remembered it! After visiting Marquette, we stopped in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to see a peaceful little waterfall tucked away deep in the woods. Munising Falls drops 50 feet over a sandstone cliff but is relatively quiet.Since “time immemorial” in our family, we’ve been hiking the kid-friendly trail that leads upstream along a gurgling brook to the base of the falls. There is a path on the ledge behind the first falls just before the second falls, and we used to walk completely around the falls using this narrow passageway. However, the pathway is now deemed unsafe and has been closed,although you can still climb the stairways on both sides for some lovely views. Forty years ago, when Alan and I were first married, we used to be able to walk behind Tahquahmenon Falls too, but that’s no longer allowed either. Sometimes I find myself wishing for the “good, old days” when there were fewer restrictions and more freedoms to enjoy America the beautiful! Instead, in this world of change, I need to have more appreciation for the things that remain constant—even the very little joys— and be more thankful for them. We may not live on our beloved “Barefoot Creek” anymore, but wherever we are, we can be at peace, because God is with us.
(I took all these pictures in Michigan’s beautiful U.P.)