The world can be a very beautiful place – especially when nature gets involved! Where is one of our favorite places to enjoy nature in the Midwest? It’s the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, of course!
Because we can hardly contain our excitement for spring to arrive and our “up north” adventures to begin again, we decided to take a drive through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Who says the Upper Peninsula is only fun in the summer? Just be sure to catch it when snow is NOT in the forecast! Nobody has time for that! 🙂
Following the coast, through Escanaba from Wisconsin, we drove until something caught our eye in the Straits of Mackinac.
That’s when we stumbled upon the rare blue ice. . .
In an area full of natural beauty, spotting the piles of blue ice shouldn’t have surprised me. So, maybe it didn’t surprise me as much as it caused me to simply stop and stare in absolute awe.
Apparently, the blue ice isn’t something that happens every year, however. We were just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. In fact, according to Fox News, it’s been about seven years since the rare blue ice was last spotted in this area.
So, what makes the ice blue?
The entire scene looked hyper-saturated in blue – but this wasn’t a filter, it was pure nature. Of course, I needed to know what made the ice so strikingly blue! So, I did a little research.
According to the National Parks Service, blue ice occurs when snow buries and compresses a glacier, squeezing out air bubbles and allowing light to pass through to the water below. “The longer the path light travels in ice, the bluer it appears,”.
All I can say is that this occurrence creates the most serene landscape and the most beautiful blues I’ve ever seen.
Tips for catching a glimpse. . .
If you’re like the many others running to catch a glimpse of the rare blue ice, here are a few things to know.
- The best sights we found were along the Mackinaw City coast – this also makes for beautiful images with the Mackinac Bridge in the background.
- The city of Mackinaw shuts down for the winter – finding places to eat or things to do nearby can be difficult.
- No one should go out on the ice formations – the local police are urging people to enjoy the view safely from the shore.
- With temps rising in Michigan, this gorgeous view won’t be around for long.