Late Summer Musings

September is an amazing time in the Keweenaw! The days are pleasantly warm in the low 70s and upper 60s followed by cool nights for sleeping in the upper 40s and low 50s. We are beginning to see a splash of autumn color in the leaves. With the flies and mosquitoes pretty well gone at this point, now is a particularly pleasant time to hike in the forest!

Yesterday afternoon I led a hike with a number of friends and new acquaintances in the shadow of Michigan’s highest point, Mt. Arvon, along Peacan Creek and the West Branch of the Huron River. While no established trail exists in this area, the adventure did not present a challenging bushwhack as the tall hemlocks and hardwoods limited the development of underbrush in the dark forest below. The dry summer limited the normally abundant presence of mushrooms and other fungi. The stream flow felt the impact of the more arid conditions as well, but still provided pleasing stimulus to the eyes and ears as the streams tumbled their way down their steep gradients!

Working our way downstream, we enjoyed the two slide falls on Peacan Creek before bushwhacking to the east over to the West Branch of the Huron River to take in Letherby Cascades, Letherby Falls, and Upper Letherby Falls. I have included a photo of the upper drop of the beautiful, pock-marked Letherby Falls. I will post more photos from this adventure on my Instagram feed at @Decompressu.

My objective in sharing my adventures is to encourage those of you who embrace winter and have the ability to work remotely to consider locating in the Keweenaw! If you would appreciate living in a place with ubiquitous natural beauty that has no congestion, we may be one of the most amazing places you have never heard of before! If you would like to learn more, visit Remote Workforce Keweenaw!