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THE HELGESONS | SUMMER VACATION | ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN - PART I

THE HELGESONS | SUMMER VACATION | ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN - PART I

Over the weekend Troy & I captured beautiful images at a romantic farm wedding on the banks of the wolf river. This summer has been busy and we were ready for some time to ourselves. We drove along Lake Michigan and the beautiful sand dunes of the Upper Lake Michigan Shore, which could easily be confused with the outback.

THE HELGESONS | PORCUPINE MOUNTAIN VACATION | PART II

THE HELGESONS | PORCUPINE MOUNTAIN VACATION | PART II

After spending the first half of the day chasing waterfalls, we set off in hopes to view the highest point of the Porkies at Summit Peak. We didn't spend very long there before we were off in search of good food and then Troy suggested finding a beach to watch the sunset enjoying each others company while the tide came in for the evening. 

THE HELGESONS | PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS VACATION | PART I

THE HELGESONS | PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS VACATION | PART I

Last weekend we headed up to The UP for our summer vacation. We spent four days hiking and chasing waterfalls throughout the dense fern filled woods. I'm splitting this post into two sections for Day One and then there will be two additional posts for the other days. Be sure to check our the additional posts to get a glimpse of our Bear encounter and to see some glorious mountain top views. 

THE HELGESONS | TAHQUAMENON FALLS VACATION | PARADISE, MI - PART II

When we finally left our cozy cabin in the North Woods we headed out for a short hike to Tahquamenon Falls. This State Park offered several waterfalls and short hikes and they each had something different to offer. The Upper Falls is one of the largest this side of the Mississippi and adorns a copper color which it absorbs from the trees in the river around it.

At the fact kiosk we learned about the wildlife in the area and of course I was nervous about those damn Mountain Lions and Moose again. After a very short walk along a paved path we were rewarded with the mist of the waterfall being blown all around us. It was exactly what we needed on that hot summer day. After returning from the falls we enjoyed some brewskis and lunch at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub then proceeded to the Lower Falls.

One short walk along the boardwalk and after making a new friendship with an older couple who had a good time sharing the experience and being silly with Cole man we made it to the Lower Falls. Five different falls surround a small island in the middle of the river here and many canoes and paddle boats got a closer look. I just take pictures and try not to have a panic attack while my child boldly tries to get the closest look possible. Can you feel my eyes rolling here. 

Our time in the Upper Peninsula was certainly one we enjoyed and I'm glad I get to share with you all. You can see our cozy cabin with a view of Lake Superior and Canada's shoreline here and our adventure combing the beach uncovering gemstones at Whitefish Point here. Let me know in the comment section below if you've ever been to the Upper Peninsula and what was your favorite part of that trip? If you haven't been, where is your favorite relaxing vacation location?

THE HELGESONS | WHITEFISH POINT VACATION | PARADISE, MI - PART II

Family Adventures into the North Woods of the Upper Peninsula is how we like to spend our summer vacations. We traded in trips to Florida beaches and staying at Resorts for cozy cabins deep in the woods and strolls along the lake shore searching for Lake Superior Agates. Life in up north is more relaxed. No more rushing to get every where and do everything first. It's a simpler way of life and we wouldn't have it any other way.

This adventure to Lake Superior we found ourselves at the far east end of the Upper Peninsula near the Canadian border at Sault Ste. Marie. Whitefish Point was a breath of fresh air. We took a quiet stroll along the beach uncovering gemstones, getting our feet wet, and observing the nesting birds. This is where I found my first Lake Superior Agate and she is a beaut, perfectly polished by nature.

Cole loves every second we spend on the beach so when we go on our trips we spend the majority of our time right there enjoying the cool breeze and the soft white sand. But when we leave the comfort of our favorite shoreline we head to some hole in the wall eats and settle into our cozy cabin. Check out our cabin in Part I of our Upper Peninsula Family Adventure and next week on the blog will be our excursion to Tahquamenon Falls in Part III.

THE HELGESONS | COZY LAKE SUPERIOR CABIN VACATION | PARADISE, MI - PART I

Each summer we take a few small trips. Since living in Wisconsin, our trips have been resting along lower Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula. We can't get enough, obviously. 

Dense woods, fresh air, insanely gorgeous waters that wash away all thoughts of ever wanting to go to the ocean again. We love it Up North. The only thing I dislike at all, is the caution we need to take hiking since all the wildlife is a bit bigger and more dangerous than in our old home state of Missouri. Although, I have had a run in with a Mountain Lion climbing once but we'll save that story for another day. Bears, Moose, Wolves, and probably Sasquatch...actually definitely if Sasquatch exists, he's in these woods and he doesn't have to worry one bit about being found because these woods will separate you from your hiking partner five feet away dense.

One of our trips this summer was to Paradise, Michigan. Paradise describes this place perfectly. You will be seeing two more posts from this vacation because there is so much to share. From roaring waterfalls that toss the most pleasant mist upon your face to the calm evening waters on Lake Superior we adored every inch of this area.

Here is a bit of the cozy cabin we called home. It was nestled in the woods on the shore of Lake Superior with Canada in sight. The time we spent at the cabin was relaxing and still. We enjoyed waking up to the sun rise, sitting on the deck, me avoiding mosquitos, watching the ships pass thru the canal, and then at night we watched the sun set, and I even stayed out late to catch a few shots of the full moon and stars above.

Check out our excursion to Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Part III and our relaxing stroll combing the beach for agates and gemstones in Part II.

THE HELGESONS | ANNIVERSARY CABIN GETAWAY | BARAGA, MI

We just hit our 5th Wedding Anniversary on April 9th. Every year we try to do something a little extra special and take a mini vacation somewhere new.

This year we headed up to the North Woods and spent our first night in Baraga, Michigan on the Keweenaw Bay where we enjoyed drive in dinning because lazy nights in a cabin are all the rage in our family. A bag full of snacks and a few movies for snuggling up to the cozy fire and enjoying together. Of course these days all the movies are cartoons and Disney but still we enjoy every moment.