Michigan – Water, Rocks, & Wildlife

by Funhog Family on July 18, 2011

Catching a porcipine

As we rolled into our campsite in the Porcupine Mtn Wilderness State Park, I heard Jodi say, “What is that little varmint?” I looked and something was scurrying away, though not very fast. I parked and jumped out to follow it as it ran to an old hollow stump. I came back to bring the whole family to see the porcupine we had prayed just this morning to see. (We knew we were headed to the Porcupine Wilderness so we prayed to see a wild porcupine! Made sense to us.) Later on a ground hog came out and started sunning himself on a rock in our campsite, and the view we had was amazing, as it looks out over Lake Superior. We did a short 2 mile hike along the Presque Isle River. There were a couple of very pretty waterfalls and numerous stairs to keep our attention. The river was a little low, but looked doable, so in the morning I am going to try to run a mile section of it and get some video.

Broadwalk hiking

Jodi took me first thing in the morning and dropped me off for a mile of waterfalls. I had to walk all the big ones, due to the low flow, but I was so blessed to be on the water again. The river does something for me that nothing else has ever been able to do, and I feel closer to God there than anywhere. There is a sense of fullness or contentment on the water that always puts a smile on my face. That is one of the reasons I love sharing it with others. After my run, the plan was to take one of the kids down if it was not too hard. Tirzah has been having a really hard time taking naps and getting to sleep at night, so she has been a full time job. So, instead of taking one kid down the river, I took the four oldest to the lake to hunt for pretty rocks, giving Jodi and Tirzah a chance to nap. We had a lot of fun and the kids even went again with Jodi (when she woke up) and discovered that the rocks are great for using as a chalkboard to write on with other rocks. They also got a couple of leeches from playing in the water. If you ever need to get rid of a leech, sprinkle a little salt on it, and it will fall right off.

Foot Soak

Rock Hunters

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