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Tahquamenon Falls State Park,Paradise,Michigan

The Tahquamenon Falls include a single 50-foot drop, the Upper Falls, plus the cascades and rapids collectively called the Lower Falls.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park,Paradise,Michigan
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 9, 2017
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      By the 16th century, the Native Peoples of North America had evolved into widely different cultures. Notable tribes around the Great Lakes included people we now call the Chippewa, Fox, Huron, Iroquois, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Sioux.

      Approximately 120 bands of Native Peoples have occupied the Great Lakes basin over the course of history.

      The French explorers who first visited the Great Lakes, beginning with Lake Huron in 1615, found Native Peoples who had mastered their environment and were economically self-sustaining. These Europeans brought implements of iron--needles, fishhooks, hatchets, traps and guns--items that the Native Peoples immediately saw could make their lives easier and they began trading furs and skins for these implements. The pelts of fur-bearing animals, especially beavers, were most sought after by the European traders. Many Natives abandoned their traditional needs and became dependent on trade. Such was the basis of the Indian trade over which wars were waged and the history of the Great Lakes region was shaped. The Native Peoples of the upper lakes often traveled hundreds of miles by canoe down the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers to Three Rivers or Montreal, where they exchanged their furs for goods they desired. Beginning around 1660, the traders swarmed over the western Great Lakes wilderness.

      Native Peoples of the Region - Great Lakes Information Network


      The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. The upper falls are more than 200 feet (60 m) across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet (14 m) During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 US gallons (190,000 L) of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York State.

      The falls are within Tahquamenon Falls State Park, between Newberry, Michigan, and Paradise, Michigan. They are a popular tourist destination in the Upper Peninsula during all seasons. Snowmobile trails lead almost to the falls, and walkways are kept clear for most of the winter.

      Tahquamenon Falls - Wikipedia

      Cool place to hang out.Very pretty.A great place to visit for sure.Very nice campground.It was plowed open so I could use it in the winter.While stopping in,a storm went through,so I covered my tent with my HD tarp,hung up with paracord between two trees so the snow and sleet wouldn't weigh down on my tent.It worked great while I had to hunker down for a couple days to let the storm pass.
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      I had to do this a handful of times on my way across the northern states this winter.I could keep quite and show off but honestly this is nowhere near as difficult as it looks.Looking back it looks like it would be so hard and miserable to do but with my setup and gear I was just as comfortable as in a motel room,once inside.When outside cooking or making coffee as shown here,I had a super impressive freezer suit I would put on.Massively high tech insulated and warm coveralls,that kept me just as warm as inside an overheated house.Though it appears as if I traveled simply to survive,I really did thrive.Inside I slept on a insulated air mattress that worked so well I thought I was just inside on a bed.Mummy bag along with other bags draped over as needed.My upper body under a folding table with more bags draped over that,making my upper body,under a tent within this tent where I comfortably would lay and watch movies and tv shows on my laptop.I had a thermometer hanging up under my table where it would be say 0F outside it would then be 50-60F inside,then of course under my bags I was like 80-90F probably.So when it was time to sleep,I would simply pull the bags up over my chest too and all of me become super warm for a good nights rest.The wind would blow,the sleet would hit the tent,the tree branches would be snapping outside but inside,I was as snug as a bug in a rug.I loath the cold,so if I can do this,anyone can.
      WARNING!!!! Do not attempt this without researching proper winter camping gear!
      The correct sleeping bags,layers of cloths,insulated air mattress etc. make the difference from freezing to death,to just surviving all the way up to thriving and living easy on the road like I did.
      Don't focus too much on the tent.You don't need an expensive,lightweight 4 season tent if your car camping.That's not what keeps you warm.I just used a $40 summer tent.The poles wont be strong to take a heavy load like a 4 season tent will be,hence the tarp and paracord.A nicer system anyway so long as you don't need to carry it in the woods.
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