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Vacationing in the U.P.

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For Steve's 30th birthday we took a little road trip north to the upper peninsula of Michigan. It is so gorgeous up there, I just can't get enough of the fresh air, wide open spaces and lack of traffic. We both spend a lot of time commuting around the city, so this was such a nice break for both of us.

Straight up I-75 north over the Mackinac bridge to Paradise. No really, the city's name is Paradise, MI. How awesome would it be to live in Paradise?! We visited the Tahquamenon Falls and the Oswald Bear Ranch where we got to see oodles of black bears in huge natural habitats. The only thing between us and the giant bears were a double row of chain link fences. It did take me a while to feel comfortable walking around that close, but the experience was pretty incredible. There were a few sassy little cubs running around who, to my surprise, love to eat fruit loops. That's right, fruit loops.

From Paradise and the bears we went to Munising. It was our first trip there and my oh my, the scenery is beautiful. We went around to a ton of different waterfalls. Some of the best were the Munising and Miners Falls.

We also took a trip to Miners Castle and went on a sunset ferry tour of the Pictured Rocks. On the ferry ride we saw a bald eagle, probably the only time I had my camera off the entire trip. I think my favorite part of vacations are taking the photos. I love bringing back the memories for later.