We had crossed the border from Wisconsin into Michigan for about 5 minutes when we were treated to seeing a black bear! It ran across the road about 80 yards in front of us but by the time we got even with it, it had already disappeared into the woods….sorry, no picture. Along the way, we also saw many deer and Canadian geese. I think the moose here must be shy because the only one we saw was a cut out!!!
This is an extremely quiet part of our country. We drove for miles and miles without seeing any other cars….it was a bit eerie. But we did start seeing some beautiful fall colors even though it’s only the middle of September.
You’ll never guess what we did during our only full day here…..yep, we were looking for SEA GLASS! I read that the Great Lakes are a great place to find sea glass due to the many ship wrecks that have occurred historically. Supposedly, it actually takes less time for sea glass to mature in the lakes than it does in the oceans – only 25-30 years compared to 50-100 years! So, yes, I had very good luck, finding 14 pieces in about an hours time….the best find to date. Who knew glass could be found on the Great Lakes. Fact: Sea glass – glass found along the ocean vs. Beach glass – glass found along a lake front. I have to say that, in my opinion, the Sea glass is a higher quality than the Beach glass as it has a frostier look due to the salt in the water. Regardless, I’m so happy for our find!
Later in the afternoon, we decided to drive to the Porcupine Mountains where we did a little hiking to see Lake in the Clouds. Beautiful and the weather was perfect. Warm, sunny and windy.
You can NOT be in the Upper Peninsula without enjoying a PASTY. This is a crescent shaped pie filled with meat, potatoes, rutabaga and carrots. This delicious entree’ was originally created for the miners to easily take a nutritious and filling meal in their lunch boxes without the need for utensils.
And finally, we made it to the END of the road. Route 45 starts in Ontonagon and ends in Mobile, Alabama, traveling the entire north/south length of the USA. That makes it a HAPPY TRAIL!!!!