Julie’s Blog: Waterfalls

There’s just something about waterfalls. I saw Niagara Falls for the first time when I was three or four, and remember feeling the thunder in my chest from that powerful display of nature. I’ve been to both the Canadian and US sides, and it takes my breath away.

But, there is something to be said for the smaller waterfalls, and when I went to the Smoky Mountain National Park as a teen, I absolutely fell in love with the many mountain streams tumbling down over rocks in beautiful waterfalls. The sound is so soothing, not pounding like Niagara. Now, I am like a moth to a flame when I get near waterfalls. I search them out, and feel so relaxed when I’m by them.

My family road trip last week took us to the shores of Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and it was the first time I was able to show my kiddos some of those beautiful waterfalls. They both loved them, and it was so nice to see the waterfalls through their eyes, and how much they just enjoyed walking in the woods and coming upon a beautiful waterfall.

It was a nice reminder of how much I love to be in nature, and don’t do it nearly as much as I should. The nature sounds I use to fall asleep to sometimes just doesn’t compare to the real thing. If you love waterfalls, northern Wisconsin and Michigan are full of them, and worthy of a road trip!


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