It seems whenever we have a travel day Don & I are both wake early. The excitement of moving on to somewhere new. Kinda like a kid on Christmas morning.
We bid goodbye to new friends Don & Debbie, well Don at least as Debbie was still getting cleaned up & preparing the interior of their fifth wheel to move today too. Don & Debbie are 6 year full timers originally from Colorado but claim South Dakota as their domicile state like us. We are on the road by 9:15 am. I estimate it’s a 4-5 hour drive to our next destination of Munising, Michigan. 2 hours into the ride I see the sign I’ve been looking for, Canyon Falls Roadside Park. I ask Don to stop. I suggest we hike the trail down to the falls & then have the lunch I’ve prepared at one of the picnic tables. Don agrees.
It’s an easy hike, mostly on wooden planks over boggy ground through forests. It’s a pretty walk. We are intrigued by some trees we see seemingly growing from boulders, their exposed roots wrapping around the huge rocks. We go a ways before we hear the sound of rushing water. The Canyon Falls are beautiful but even more so is the gorge the Sturgeon River has carved through the bedrock over time. We spend a while just taking in all the scenery.
After lunch, we’re back on the road. A few hours later we arrive in Munising & set up camp. A quick stroll around the campground & we retire inside for the night.
THE FOLLOWING DAY
Our refrigerator & pantry is looking like Old Mother Hubbards Cupboard. Off we head into Marquette to replenish the shelves. On our way we come to the town of Christmas with a store called Santa’s Workshop. We stop so I can look for ornaments for the grandkids. It’s a tradition I started when our oldest grandson celebrated his 1st Christmas. Each year I add to their growing collections with an ornament specially selected for that child. I leave disappointed & empty handed. A little further down the road we spotted a sign, Lakenenland Sculpture Park & it’s free.
Lakenenland started as a hobby. Tom Lakenen started creating whimsical critters & such from scrap iron, something he calls Junkyard Art. Originally Tom displayed each finished piece in his yard but soon his hobby outgrew the space. Land was purchased & a sculpture park born. The park is open to the public free of charge 7 days a week. You can drive or walk through but I highly recommend walking. You’ll want to get up close to many of the displays to inspect the details that went into the piece.
We did eventually make it into to town & get our shopping done. Sometimes you just have to stop & smell the roses along the way.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………