We headed east on U.S. 2 from our campground in Bessemer until we reached Wakefield where we stopped in a Visitor Center. We wanted to make sure we knew where we needed to go. Next to the Visitor Center is a beautiful wood carving, the 60th of Peter Toth's carvings in the "Trail of the Whispering Giants." The carving is called Nee Gaw Nee Gaw Bow. Even though the photo looks like we had pretty weather, I am here to tell you it was windy with blowing, misty rain. Brr.
In the background across the lake is Eddy Park Campground (Sunday Lake). It is a pretty campground in a great location, but the sites are unlevel and grassy. If you'd like to stay at this campground you may want to drive through first. There are no trees separating the sites which are pretty close together.
We turned north on State Route 519 to head for another group of waterfalls. (Yes, there are lots of waterfalls in this area...150 scattered across two counties.)
|Rain and fall colors|
|My lap while we're driving (got to navigate!)|
From Nawadaha Falls, we drove to Manabezho Falls parking lot. We thought we'd see that waterfall then drive to the trailhead closest to Manido Falls for a shorter hike. Once you get going on the trails, boardwalks and stairs to Manabezho Falls you don't want to climb back up to go to another trailhead to climb back down again! We opted to stay on the lower boardwalk between falls, but even that had stairs.
At the beginning of the Manabezho Falls hike there is an option to go left to a suspension bridge then walk out to Lake Gitchee Gumee (Superior). After a left turn and some stairs, we came to the suspension bridge. From the bridge you can see the power of water as it carves potholes into the rock edges of the river.
|Potholes being carved in the edges of the rock walls|
|Very powerful water flow through here|
|Suspension bridge to Presque Isle|
|Lake Superior, much more active than yesterday!|
|The big lake they call Gitchee Gumee|
|A definite change in weather today|
|Bob and the fall colors in the woods|
|Many, many stairs today!|
|More fall color|
Today's route is a loop tour which takes us through Silver City to Ontonagon. We took a short detour south from Silver City to see Bonanza Falls. It was not much to look at at this time of year, so I'm not including the photo, In Ontonagon we looked for a place to eat lunch. Very limited choices. We ended up at a sub sandwich cafe and ordered sandwiches to go. Ontonagon is the northern end of U.S. 45; Mobile, Alabama is the southern end of U.S. 45. All told, U.S. 45 is 1300 miles long.
As we drove south, there was one waterfall that is supposed to be outstanding named O-Kun-de-Kun Falls. Since the hike is two miles roundtrip and we still had lots of territory to cover, we decided to press on.
At Bruce Crossing, we traveled east on State Route 28 to Agate Falls. It was a very short walk from the park/scenic site to the falls; however, it was difficult to see the falls from the viewing platform. I took a photo of the old postcard of the falls on a scenic site history marker. The marker was wet with raindrops.
|Glorious fall colors in the parking lot|
|Agate Falls from viewing platform|
|Old postcard showing Agate Falls|
|Great fall colors|
|Bob at Bond Falls|
|Rapids above Bond Falls|
|Trail at Bond Falls|
|Bond Falls from the top|
From Bond Falls we took U.S. 45 south to U.S. 2 east so Bob could visit the town where his father was born, Iron River, Michigan. On a recommendation from former Iron River resident, Karen in the Woods, we had dinner at Riverside Bar & Pizzeria. Thanks, Karen, for the info about this place. We ordered a cheese and mushroom pizza with green peppers and pineapple added.
|Riverside Bar & Pizzeria pizza|
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