Home again after taking a trip to the top of the mitten to see the Tunnel of Trees. Since moving to Michigan last year I have heard a lot about this short section of highway (approximately 27 miles) that follows the shore of Lake Michigan and the Little Traverse Bay.
Told by many how beautiful it is in the fall when the trees all turn beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, I have waited all year to make the trip.
Was it worth it?
Yes – and no
Basically I was told three main things about the tunnel. Two of which I found to be true.
The road was said to be very narrow. Boy was it! There is no center line painted on the road. Many places were so narrow when we met another car one of us had to pull over on the tiny shoulder so the other car could go by.
I was told it was very windy. Boy was it! We would just get through one stretch of curves when we would find another one waiting.
But there were no colors! No oranges, reds or yellows! The website for the Tunnel of Trees indicated that this time was the peak for the colors.
I am guessing if we returned in a week we would find the colors and the beauty they talked about.
However, the trip was not in vain. While there were no colors in the tunnel driving across the middle of the mitten getting to and from the tunnel there were colors everywhere. We discovered that the trees near the lake turn colors slower than inland.
So – now we know.
While the tunnel was a disappointment – the trip was not.
Acres and acres of trees – as far as the eye could see – brilliant colors!
What an artist God is! And what variety! He could have made one tree – but look at all the different trees we have.
The wait was truly worth it!