A Day Trip to the Porcupine Mountains

7.20.2009

Yesterday morning we got up early and headed up North to the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan to hike the Porcupine Mountains. I have been telling Ethan that I've been itching to get some good outdoor shots with my camera and yesterday turned out to be the perfect day for hiking, playing around with my camera and spending some quality family time together.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Here we were at the entry to the park...there were several different points that you could park your vehicle and then navigate from. First we chose to do some hiking on the trails and we then worked our way up to the look-out point which was Summit Peak.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

The shots that I got of when we were on top of Summit Peak do not do justice to how beautiful it really was. It was just amazing.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

After that we ventured towards the falls...which there were several of.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

I tried to catch the rainbow here that the sun was showing off in the spray of the water fall.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

It was so amazing to me at how different the rocks would look just walking a couple steps further along on our hike.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Zoey was amazed when we told her about how it was the water that made the rock shaped the way that it was.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

This shot above is one of my favorites. I've always loved water...the open-ness (is that a word?)of it. The power behind it, the outright un-forgiveness of it. The way that it just keeps moving onward.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

At the end of our trek viewing the falls we discovered this little private beach area.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Which is where we hung out the rest of the afternoon.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Zoey of course enjoyed throwing stones in the water and discovering so many unique ones at that.

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

Porcupine Mountains - Michigan

What a way to spend the day. Everyone slept well last night, that's for sure. And this morning I am recalling some muscles in my legs and bum that I had well forgotten existed!

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Lisa Carroll said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Now you have me itching to get out and hike. I really love the last one, great composition.

anne said...

Those are great pictures, Jen, it looks like you had a great day! I am wondering what kind of camera you use? anne

Stacey Michaud said...

Gorgeous photos, Jen!
looks so relaxing!

Vicky said...

Fantastic photos, Jen! It's a very beautiful place. Did you get to the Lake in the Clouds? Glad you all had a good day and family fun :)

Patty S said...

wow what beautiful pictures - i feel like i was there!
the rock art ROCKS! LOL
tfs your trip :-)

Patty S said...

wow what beautiful pictures - i feel like i was there!
the rock art ROCKS! LOL
tfs your trip :-)

Patty said...

Love your pictures! I love waterfalls.

Stacy Milford said...

wonderful photos Jen!

Susan Mac Donald said...

great pictures; we need to do more day trips & picnics with the family & forget about technology.

DebW said...

What a great day and awesome photos Jen! TFS!!

Aida Haron, Singapore said...

Ohhhhh ...... the photographs are gorgeous !!! May I ask what lenses you use ? Been rattling my piggy bank and am hoping there will be enough for a new Prime lense *LOL*

Aida

susan said...

ah....does this mean you are a yooper? we went there last fall, didnt do the full deal like you but did go up to observation deck. was so very beautiful, was stunned to learn how shallow the lake is. i live in crystal falls township out in the tobin location. i used to live on kauia for the past 40 years, a very big change but i love da UP.