This weekend I fell in love with Michigan Fall. This is quite surprising to me, however, because I have always sort of dreaded fall. To me fall has only meant the end of the warm summer season and the beginning of the cold harsh winter, a passage between the two. This weekend, however, all of that changed.
Just a warning, this post is going to be made up of quite a few pictures because truthfully there isn’t anything I could say that could do any justice to the feeling that you get as you look upon the wonders of nature in these photographs. There are no words to describe the way the landscapes paints itself in rich hues of gold, red and orange naturally or the way the brisk air rushes up behind you and swirls all around you, encompassing you in its touch. No, a Michigan fall is just something you need to experience and appreciate for yourself. However, come along with me today and I will show you the best spots to experience the Michigan autumn and take in all that the season has to offer.
As we headed off in our loaded up van towards the upper half of the state of Michigan, we could already begin to see the change in the colors. The wooded roadside began to change in color and we would all look forward to the moments on the top of small inclines where we could get a broader view of our surroundings. In between the “Are we there yet’s” and the “She’s touching me’s” I could feel a sense of calm and bliss because of the beauty surrounding me. For me, traveling by car is the only way to go because there is so much to see when you travel by car that you would otherwise miss. So, even though it takes longer and the kids sometimes loose their patience, I like to take the back roads and enjoy the ride.
Once we arrived into the mountains the color was everywhere and the temperature wasn’t yet too chilly. This was the perfect combination for wandering around outdoors. We decided to take a ski lift up to the top of Boyne Mountain to get a better view and boy am I glad we did!
And after sipping hot toddy’s from the mountain top bar while sitting on a picnic table looking down at all of the color and just breathing in the fresh air, I really didn’t see a reason why I should ever come down. I could just stay up here forever. Although after some coaxing and whining from the kids, we decided to keep on our way. After all, there is still so much more to see.
We decided to head on to some adventure and zip lining sounded like it would fit the bill! This fun activity is actually offered right on the Boyne Mountain grounds and you can choose between a quick ride or a more lengthy descent through the colorful trees and landscape. It was fun for the adults, but the kids had to sit this one out because they weren’t heavy enough to make it to the end.
Do I look nervous in this pic? I was, but only a little. I was much more excited to give something new a try. After having the instructor double check all of my lines, he counted down and it was up to me to take charge and jump. Everything inside my body told me not to do it, but as he got down to the number one I closed my eyes, let out a squeak and leaped from the platform. For a moment after the leap I was weightless, waiting for my gear to either catch me or let me know that it had failed. Luckily for me, everything had gone as planned and I was soon flying through the trees. It was awesome. ( I love it when taking a leap of faith pays off. )
The rest of our evening was filled with playing in the on site waterpark (Avalanche Bay) and wandering through gorgeous city of downtown Boyne.
However, after this long and eventful day, we needed to get some rest because tomorrow will bring only more adventure, fun and travels into Petoskey, Michigan. Join us again tomorrow for more beautiful images of Upper Michigan and find out with me that fall in Michigan can be so much more than a gateway to the winter, but can be a season to look forward to.