Michigan: A leaf-peeper’s paradise

For the past few years, I’ve opted to take my vacation in mid-October. It’s a great time of the year to be on the road because we get to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Our trip through Michigan certainly didn’t disappoint.

While Mom and I traveled along the shoreline of Lake Huron, we were as enamored by the beautiful blue waters as we were by the vast expanse of trees.

It wasn’t until we returned farther inland — on our way from Alpena, Mich., on the northeast side of the Lower Peninsula, to Ludington, Mich., on the west side of the state — that we saw the brilliant hues of reds, oranges and yellows intertwined with some green and brown-colored leaves.

The colors were so pretty that I had to pull off the road a couple of times just to take some pictures.

These brilliantly-colored tree canopies were found in a roadside park, somewhere in central Michigan.

One interesting fact I learned about Michigan in our travels was that it has more trees growing in its state than nearly every other state in the U.S. (It’s second only to Oregon.)

As for agriculture, we didn’t see a whole lot of crop ground driving along the eastern part of the state. We saw a field of potatoes being harvested, as well as fields of sugar beets, corn and soybeans. We even drove by a few Christmas tree farms and an apple orchard.

As Greta Garmin instructed us along the back roads, through quaint small towns and a national forest, we couldn’t help but enjoy our leaf-peeping paradise in Michigan, a state bordered by Great Lakes on the west, east and north.

Watch for the next installment of my travel blog, sharing a couple of tales of lighthouse tours, coming soon.

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