Miners Falls, Michigan
You never know what you’ll find within a few hours of where you live. I live in northern Wisconsin and took a weekend trip with a friend up into the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan (the trip itself is a story worth telling another time). I had not been in that area much and we were both thrilled to discover such beauty. One of the most beautiful sites we saw was Miners Falls.
On the last day of the trip we saw a sign saying “Pictured Rocks”. We had no idea what this was, but since we
were the adventurous types we decided to venture out. Along the way we saw some really cool sights,
and learned a little more about the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Park. From Lake Superior you can view 15
miles of the most beautiful rock formations.
The colors on them from the minerals is amazing. They are truly breathtaking, and we only got to see a small portion of them from land. They offer boat cruises to get a better look at the colors and shapes of the rocks.
As I was looking over the map, I noticed a waterfall. You have to understand that waterfalls were our big “thing” on this trip. We had spent the day before walking and climbing to view three other waterfalls around Marquette. Our bodies were reminding us of our age, but we couldn’t help but get excited to see another beautiful fall.
We followed highway 58 out of Munising, Michigan. The signs were very clear that we were coming up to Pictured Rocks. On the way to the shoreline to see the beautiful rocks, you passed the road indicating Miners Falls. We drove down it to a well-maintained park that would be perfect for a family picnic. There was only one vehicle there which belonged to the fisherman walking up the path. He told us the falls were about half a mile down the path. Actually it was longer than that and I should have realized that looking at the smug grin on his face.
We began the walk down one of the most beautiful trails. The scenery was breathtaking. All along the path there were benches to sit and relax. Needless to say we took advantage of them on the way back.
Along the way, we spotted the most unusual looking tree. It seemed to have grown at an angle and then had two trunks growing up to the sky from it (see picture). We got a good laugh out of that.
As we were silently sending telepathic death threats to the fisherman due to the screaming of our aching muscles, we caught a fleeting sound that made us forget the aches and pains. We began to hurry a little. Due to the fact that we went when there was still some snow and ice in some areas, we were slowed down a few times.
Before us was the most beautiful waterfalls we had seen on our trip. The closer we got the louder the roar of the water that careened over the sandstone and dropped over fifty feet. Several times, God send a light breeze that brought the mist from the falling water up to our faces. You can actually see some of the mist in the very last picture. It was beyond amazing to watch it.
If it had not been so icy we might have jumped over the railing and climbed further down. You could see where many people were doing that. The sight of it from below has to be spectacular.
The falls were discovered in the late 1700’s by geologists employed by Alexander Henry. They were astounded at the beauty of the falls and at the color of the water. Sometimes water is discolored due to minerals pulled from the surrounding area into the water. Because of the tea colored look to the water coming over the falls, the men decided that there had to be minerals waiting to be mined. This gives us the name, “Miners Falls”. The name has stuck over the centuries despite the fact that no mining ever occurred in the area.
If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend taking a day and go visit Miners Falls. You won’t regret it. And of course you cannot miss the Pictured Rocks which is just a little further down the road. I would just recommend keeping a weary out for smirking fisherman. He probably had the grandest time telling all his buddies of the dumb women he sent down the path.
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