Friday, August 15, 2014

Vacation Day 3, Part 4 Presque Isle River East River Trail

So now that we made it to the end of the West River Trail, it was time to go back up via the East River Trail.

Here on the other side you can see part of the boardwalk and observation deck.

But the East River Trail is just that..a trail. No more boardwalk or observation decks. Just a dirt trail.

And not a easy one, either!

It meandered over tree roots, down into little ditches  and along the cliff.  Marked only by blue dots on the trees.

But there was great views on the other side of the river. 

And here is that better view of the first falls that I promised you in the previous post.

It took us a good hour and  a half to hike up this side of the trail. Of course, we kept stopping for pictures, and to take a little rest here and there, too! By the time we got back to our car we were both exhausted and hot and sweaty! But it was worth every minute of it!

That was pretty much our vacation.

On Wednesday we drove from Ironwood  to home without spending the night anywhere. Approximately 605 miles.

I hope you enjoyed my vacation recap. I can only stress that if you ever, EVER have a chance to come to this area, or anywhere in Michigan actually, please do! I promise it will be worth the trip!

Thanks for coming along!

Until the next time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vacation Day 3 Part 3 Presque Isle River West River Trail

Next and final stop on our visit to Porcupine Mountains was the Presque Isle River. We wanted to walk/hike the east and west river trail where there was rapids and three waterfalls.

We started out on the west side of the river where there is the best view of the rapids and waterfalls. There is a bunch of observation decks, boardwalks and stairs all along the river so you can get the best views of the falls and rapids.

There are three large waterfalls along this point of the river. Nawadaha Falls, Manido Falls and Manabezo Falls. I took so many pictures that I can't tell which one is which so I'm just going to post some pictures so you can see the beauty.

Actually,I know this one is Nawadaha Falls. We'll get a better view of it later.

Interesting the way some of the trees grow right on the edge of the cliff.

After Nawadaha Falls is a long stretch of  flowing water with tiny little waterfalls along the way.

Then there is two waterfalls close together with rapids between them .

I love the way hundreds of years of swirling water carves perfectly round areas of the rock. 


Eventually we came across this bridge and were able to cross the river.

 From there we were able to get down a little closer to the water. 

Perfect place for a little rest. Good thing because we needed it for the next half of our journey.

Coming up: The East River Trail