“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.”
~ George Eliot
Michigan is such a big state that you can really dig in and stretch out your prime autumn experience. Peak color starts in the Upper Peninsula in late September/early October and takes a good 6-8 or so weeks to promenade, to strut it’s stately stuff in a truly magnificent processional south to our border. We’re talking the prime of fall, that week where the very earth is saturated with gold and scarlet and the clear air fair hums with it.
Hmm. Does autumn herald winter? Heck no, it is a glorious reason for ‘being’ on it’s own. It is winter who is carrying fall’s coat tails. I digress.
Anyway, it has been a near life long, lazy day dream of mine to get in a car, take a tent and follow fall on its grand tour south. It would be awesome, and expensive but we’re dreaming, to start in the UP* and just take my time going south until I hit the peak of fall where Apalachia ends down in Alabama. That, my friend, would take about two months but what a glorious two months.
It would be delicious.
* As a Michigander I am peeved with the person who wrote the word processor for Safari. They obviously have a pet peeve (pet peeve over-rides peeved) with kids who text the single letter you when they mean you. Argh. We refer to our Upper Peninsula with the capital letter you followed by a period, and that is followed by the capital letter p in turn followed by a period. Safari has a problem with our UP the way we want it. Safari simply will not allow the letter you to stand alone whether it’s lower case you or upper case you. It. Is. Maddening. Hey, Safari, bite us!
Yeah, my ADHD is dancing on the keyboard. The top photo is the road that travels along White Lake, past the White Lake Yacht Club and the White Lake Country Club on out, past Wabaningo Station (I like to say Wabaningo Station.) to the White River Light Station. Cool. The next post will be the White River Light Station reclining in autumn finery. The second photo shows the correct way to honor the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Peace out.