The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Mopar lineup

Work in process



Chevy PU (Larry's favorite)

Studabaker-? We didn't take notes


another Chevy



The street

Right Lower falls from the vista.

Left lower falls from the vista

Path to the lower falls

Damp forest growth.

more of the path.

Right Lower falls up close.

Left lower falls with tourists.

View back at the vista.


River above.

Tourist Bearhug

Upper falls from vista.

Another vista.

188 Steps later

The river below.

Another shot.

Part of the steps.

Another view.

The beach at Whitefish point

The lighthouse at Whitefish looking from Lake Superior.

The lighthouse from the other side.

Coast Gaurd barracks (now a bed & breakfast)

The rudder from an old sunken freighter.

Lighthouse living quarters.

Another 80 mile move to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the way we passed through the town of Newberry which was having a car show. The town is small and the old classic cars fit right in with the ambiance of the town. It was a nice rest stop. After all 80 miles is a long way. :)

Tahquamenon Falls State Park has 4 large campgrounds. Since it was Saturday when we arrived we did call ahead and reserve a site. The grounds were packed and very busy. The weekend campers left today and things are quiet.

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. This phenomenon is responsible for the alternative local name 'Root Beer Falls'.

The Upper Falls are more than 200 feet across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet. Lower Tahquamenon Falls, located four miles downstream, are a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island.

The Lower Falls is about a 1 mile hike from the campground. We did that jog early in the day. We could have hiked another 4 miles to the upper falls instead we opted to go back to camp and drive over. It was maybe a quarter mile hike from the parking lot...the killer was the 188 stairs. We did it! It was worth the hike and we did enjoy ourselves.

After leaving there we drove to Paradise, Michigan to Whitefish Point to visit the Shipwreck Museum. The museum covered the first recorded shipwreck of the "Invincible in 1816 to the wreck of the "Edmund Fitzgerald" in 1975. Interesting that the Fitzgerald was loaded at the the dock they were tearing down back in Ashland WI. a few days ago. Whitefish Point is known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes".

Next: Sault Ste. Marie

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