Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Peaceful Munising Falls

Beautiful Fall LeavesAlan and I have visited Acadia National Park in the fall, Lake Superior Sunset and it is truly beautiful, Dead River. Autumn but I don’t think it’s any more stunning Munising National Lakeshore in Fall than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) in autumn. Mackinac Bridge ViewIt wasn’t quite autumn when we got lost in blue Mackinac Bridge copy crossing the Mighty Mac during our last trip, Miner's Castlebut the U.P. was every bit as beautiful as we remembered it! Munising River After visiting Marquette, we stopped in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Munising Falls Trail to see a peaceful little waterfall tucked away deep in the woods.Munising Falls and Stream Munising Falls drops 50 feet over a sandstone cliff but is relatively quiet.Munising Waterfall. Kids youngSince “time immemorial” in our family, we’ve been hiking the kid-friendly trail Munising Waterfallthat leads upstream along a gurgling brook to the base of the falls. Munising FallsThere is a path on the ledge behind the first falls just before the second falls,  Enjoying Munising Falls and we used to walk Munising Falls 2 completely around the falls using this narrow passageway. Munising Falls Path endsHowever, the pathway is now deemed unsafe and has been closed,Munising Falls Stairwayalthough you can still climb the stairways on both sides for some lovely views. Tahquahmenon Falls copyForty 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. Dead River in FallSometimes I find myself wishing for the “good, old days” when there were fewer restrictions and more freedoms to enjoy America the beautiful! Joe Pye WeedInstead, in this world of change, I need to have more appreciation for the things Cloverthat remain constant—even the very little joys— and be more thankful for them. Barefoot CreekWe may not live on our beloved “Barefoot Creek” anymore, Munising Falls. Peacefulbut wherever we are, we can be at peace, because God is with us.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

(I took all these pictures in Michigan’s beautiful U.P.)

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