SCENES FROM THE NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA

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Many of you are familiar with the children’s classic Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett.

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This week I had the alluring opportunity to be a country mouse. Like town mouse and his wife in the story, I set off for the country and a visit to one of the most rural areas in MI, Presque Isle County in the Northern Lower Peninsula. I love the quiet countryside, not only the unique spots, the lovely fall color, but the feelings evoked by a less peopled part of the world. Country settles my heart.

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I watched the deer.

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I saw the work of the beaver and their newly built lodge far across the fen.

In nearby Rogers City there’s a park and concrete walkway along Lake Huron. Yes, the wind blustered, and it was cloudy with drizzle. (Seems to be the story of my fall travels.)

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Water churned against the rocks.

Ocqueoc Falls, the place of the crooked river, showed us the most dazzling beauty of fall.

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Here we saw some of the best color in the area.

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I never missed the hustle and bustle of town. Country beauty is undeniable!

My thanks to author Jan Brett. I stole a few words from the mice visiting in the country. And thanks to the friends who provided lodging and a guided tour. My cup of gratitude is filled to the brim.

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