It’s hard to believe that this place is in Michigan! The colorful rocks and clear blue water really make it a sight to to be seen.
I grew up in Ohio and Nate grew up in the Mitten portion of Michigan. Despite extensive travels through Michigan, neither of us had ever explored this far north.
I always pictured the Upper Peninsula just like North of the Wall in Game of Thrones. Turns out Michigan is a lot greener, has a lot less ice (in August), and instead of a wall, there’s a long bridge. One thing we can be sure of: winter is coming.
as this place burns, it is a reminder than not everything about natural processes is beautiful. sometimes the ugly has to happen to give birth to new, beautiful things.
however, these fires raging over our wild places are being fueled by rising temperatures & lack of stronger action against climate change. we must do all we can to combat climate change, at a personal level, the community level, national level & global level. this is a fight for the beauty of our planet. 💔
Oh what I’d give for these clear views. Wildfires are a necessary and vital part of our forest’s life but nonetheless, it’s so heartbreaking to watch our beloved Glacier National Park burn. The Howe Ridge Fire, sitting below Mt. Stanton, is now estimated between 1,500 and 2,500 acres and growing fast. Evacuations and closures are already in place with Lake McDonald Lodge evacuated and Going-to-the-Sun road closed from Lake McDonald Lodge all the way up to Logan Pass. There’s also the Numa Ridge and Heaven’s Sake fires burning in the park as well. Praying for the safety of our Park rangers and all firefighters out their risking everything they have to save our land. 😢
We crossed into our 14th state with Yoda today! And while doing so we got to see some spectacular views in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
The past few days in Tennessee have been amazing! The mountains were a lot bigger and more beautiful than we expected and we often found ourselves taking turns saying “wow” at every turn as we traveled from Nashville to the Smoky Mountains.
Yesterday, when entering the park - our GPS brought us on the steepest road with the most switchbacks my little heart could handle. We got to a point where Yoda *almost* didn’t make it up the mountain - but somehow her little, underpowered, 4-cylinder engine pushed us up over the top at a slow 8mph. (So sorry to the cars behind us 🤷🏻♀️)
The Smokies are the biggest mountains we’ve tackled so far. And while they were a little rough on Yoda - we’re happy to know where her limitations are, and that we should probably avoid mountain backroads.
We just made it to Asheville, NC - and will be staying for a few days before we continue on to Virginia for @locknfestival next week. What should we eat, see & do while we’re here?!