Onto our adventure to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls! Since it started raining the day before, we decided to postpone and go back the next day. I'm glad we did, but holy moly, it was busy! We had to wait in line for quite some time to get into the park, find a parking spot, and walk to view the falls. People everywhere! It seemed everyone else had the same idea as us to head to the falls for autumn colors. It was worth it though... so pretty up there! We first checked out the upper brink of the falls, and kept stopping at every turnout in the path, conquering lots of stairs to see every angle of the falls. It smelled so amazing up there. I could just breathe in that fresh cedar scent everyday!
For a few fun tidbits... the upper Tahquamenon Falls is considered one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York. It drops nearly 50 feet, and more than 200 feet across. The brown color of the falls is from the tannins from cedar swamps since the area is so rich in cedar, spruce and hemlock trees. It's the biggest naturally dyed waterfall in the United States! The pathways are all paved, and with beautiful stairs, through an old growth forest. Plus, there's also a four-mile hiking trail that leads along the river to the Lower Falls.
After we explored the falls for some time, snapping some photos, and taking in the sights, we headed over to the gift shop and brewery to relax a little bit. Originally an old logging camp, the building has been converted to a brewery, gift shop, and concession area. There's a large deck, with a fireplace, lots of rocking chairs and places to sit, and picnic tables to enjoy food from the vendors or to enjoy your own picnic lunch. We sat at a picnic table for a while, people watching, eating fresh-popped popcorn, and drinking wine and a beer from the brewery. The perfect autumn afternoon.
Before we left for the upper peninsula, I picked up this field jacket from Old Navy for our trip. It was the perfect lightweight jacket to wear over a cozy sweater. I also spotted this buffalo flannel blanket scarf, which paired nicely with this outfit! It'll be cute to bring into cozy holiday looks as well. The weather was perfect for being able to finally bring out some layers, scarves, autumn colors, and boots. I just love dressing for this season. It's so much easier, and has so many more possibilities! I'll be back with our adventures to Lake Superior (and lighthouses!) later this week!