Nature

The Upper Peninsula in Fall

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, autumn means an explosion of colors, cool temperatures, gorgeous sunsets and a special time to enjoy the beauty of God’s country.

That’s why we scheduled our Roadtreking Fall Foliage Boondocking Adventure for October, held in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park. We arrived in peak color and experienced wildly fluctuating temperature. On Monday it was in the low 70’s F. Wednesday saw a cold front come through with temperatures that dropped to the upper 30’s overnight.

By Thursday when the gathering ended, the color had peaked and a stiff northwest wind of Lake Superior was quickly starting to blow the leaves away. We spent our time hiking, taking photos, visiting around warm campfires and throughly enjoying one of the largest true wilderness tracts east of the Mississippi.

Scroll dow to find lots of the photos I took this week of fall in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You can find more from many of the attendees on our Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/

Courtney Lake in Octonagon County
Courtney Lake in Octonagon County
Fog shrouds Courtney Lake just before sunrise
Fog shrouds Courtney Lake in the early morning
The Sturgeon River in Baraga County
The Sturgeon River in Baraga County
Our Boondocking Spot in the Ottawa National Forest
Our Boondocking Spot in the Ottawa National Forest
The autumn splendor reflected in the window of our Roadtrek
The autumn splendor reflected in the window of our Roadtrek
Jennifer hiking the East River rail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Jennifer hiking the East River rail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
A Lake Superior sunset
A Lake Superior sunset
Bo playing in the forest leaves
Bo playing in the forest leaves
The still of a small lake acts like a mirror to the trees
The still of a small lake acts like a mirror to the trees
Canyon Falls
Canyon Falls
Bo running along a wild stretch of Lake Superior shoreline
Bo running along a wild stretch of Lake Superior shoreline
Munising Falls
Munising Falls

 

A great river hiking walk along the Presque Isle River
A great river hiking walk along the Presque Isle River
A slow shutter capture of the rushing river
A slow shutter capture of the rushing river
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One of the many falls along the Presque Isle River as it tumbles down to Lake Superior

 

This is Manabezho Falls
This is Manabezho Falls
Gathered for our shared dish dinner
Gathered for our shared dish dinner
Dal splendor showing one of the 230 RVs that we had for the gathering at the Presque Isle campground on Lake Superior
Fall splendor showing one of the 30 RVs that we had for the gathering at the Presque Isle campground on Lake Superior
Bo and I explored the rock and woods strewn Lake Superior beach at the Presque Isle campground
Bo and I explored the rock and woods strewn Lake Superior beach at the Presque Isle campground
Fall color paints the forest at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's UP
Fall color paints the forest at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s UP
Mary Jane Curry, our RV Recipes columnist for the Roadtreking blog, did a cooking demo for our campers
Mary Jane Curry, our RV Recipes columnist for the Roadtreking blog, did a cooking demo for our campers
Bo checks out the raging Presque Isle River
Bo checks out the raging Presque Isle River
Another look from a hiking overlook at the forest in peak color
Another look from a hiking overlook at the forest in peak color
A wild, wind-shipper part of the Lake Superior shoreline
A wild, wind-shipper part of the Lake Superior shoreline

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Upper Peninsula in Fall”

  1. Joyce Leeper O'Connell

    The Porcupine Mountains are in our back yard, as we live on the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula. And we just visited Munising Falls last Saturday. We’ve also camped at the Presque Isle campground a couple of times. You should come on up to the Keweenaw sometime! The Porkies and Munising are gorgeous, but life is even better north of the Houghton Hancock Bridge!

    1. Right on, Joyce. Thanks for showing us such a great time when we did the Welcome Boondockers thing at your wonderful little hideaway on the Keweenaw Peninsula in early September. Too bad we were too early for the fall colors, but the KP was absolutely gorgeous, and your hospitality was off the charts!

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