Lake Michigan Adventures

As a Michigan based company, we have a great deal of pride in what Michigan has to offer in terms of natural beauty and exploration of the outdoors. If you love to kayak, canoe, paddle board, raft, or any other sort of water sport, consider heading out to Michigan’s beautiful shoreline this summer.

The Adayak family can speak from experience in saying that a trip to the northern peninsula of Michigan is well worth the time. We recommend taking a day to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, an icon in the nature of Michigan. Spend hours hiking along the sandy dunes, running down the hilly plains, and taking photos of a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. While you’re there, be sure to visit Glen Arbor, a little piece of Lake Michigan that is open to the public. The water is crystal clear and blue as the sky, and very cold. Glen Arbor is a perfect spot for kayakers as the waters are tranquil in the summer, but we wouldn’t advise swimming unless the day is absolutely sweltering!

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The Crystal River and the Platte River are both perfect locations to paddle the day away. Bring your own boats, or travel lightly in knowing that there are many rental shops in the area.

For the Adayak hikers, there are plenty of trails to explore. Check out a full list of hiking trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes on the website of the National Park Service.

Highlights of a Yosemite Visit

Yosemite is one of the most infamous national parks in the United States. It also has one of the most infamous mispronunciations of all time. Contrary to popular belief (and my personal long-held one) the word does not rhyme with “hose-might”, and rather is pronounced “yo-sim-it-tea”.

But let’s not limit this magnificent piece of nature to its name. Yosemite is a buffet of the various spectacles of nature: waterfalls, mountains, rivers, you name it.

A classic visitor stop is the Merced River. A beautifully blue, bright body of water, it is an aquatic resource important to Yosemite and the ecosystem it supports within. Certain points along the river offer clear views to the mountains that rise in the distance, a feature that satisfies the most avid photographers. But the river is not limited to sightseeing: it is also a popular spot for rafting, especially in the summer. Swimming through the clean, clear water is enjoyable as well. But be careful, the water is often cold and the currents can be fast and dangerous.

The river and various lakes aren’t the only aquatic beauties of Yosemite. The waterfalls located in Yosemite are stunning, and some of the lesser known ones serve as a real treat for those looking to wander in solitude. A few to put on your list of potential destinations include Illilouette and Chilnualna Falls.

A visit to Yosemite would not be complete without a visit to one of the stony marvels along the Sierra Nevada. The most popular include El Capitan and the Half Dome, both situated in the Yosemite Valley. But there are other worthwhile peaks, such as the Sentinel Rock and the Cathedral Rocks and Spires.

One of history’s legendary photographers, Ansel Adams photographed Yosemite often. His photographs capture Yosemite’s sites at their most beautiful, and if you visit the gift shop, be sure to pick up a few copies of his pictures!

My own personal favorites:

Adams, Ansel. El Capitan. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2017.

While you’re planning your trip to Yosemite, check out Adayak’s latest hiking and mountaineering gear! #weartheoutdoors #Adayak

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Bibliography:

“Yosemite’s Less Visited Waterfalls.” My Yosemite Park. N.p., 26 Mar. 2010. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <http://www.myyosemitepark.com/waterfalls-beyond/&gt;.

“High-Elevation Aquatic Resources.” National Parks Service Centennial. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aquatic-resources-man-plan.htm&gt;.

“Mountains & Landscapes in the Yosemite Park Region.” My Yosemite Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <http://www.myyosemitepark.com/explore/mountains-landscapes/&gt;.

3 Must See Waterfalls While You Hike The DuPont State Forest

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The DuPont State Forest is located in western North Carolina, about 30 minutes southwest of Asheville – it’s just south of the more popular Pisgah National Forest. The DuPont State Forest has nearly 100 miles of trails and is often referred to as the “land of waterfalls.” In the 10,000 acre tract of land, there are six major waterfalls – some of which you’ve seen in movies like Last of The Mohicans. The forest is a popular place to hike for it’s easy access, miles of trails, and spectacular views along the way.

In today’s post we’re going to visit the Top 3 waterfalls you must see while hiking in the DuPont State Forest.

Hooker Falls

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Will start with Hooker because of it’s easy access. This waterfall can be reached by parking in the Hooker Falls parking lot – it’s the first lot you come across if you enter the park on Dupont Road. Hooker Falls is a short .36 mile hike from the parking lot. The trail is not paved, but it is groomed and wide enough for a small car to travel down. The hike is easy and enjoyable. You will walk along side the Little River until you reach the Falls on your left. There is a lookout location at the top and another lookout from the bottom if you continue your hike another 100-200 yards.

High Falls

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You will also start your hike to High Falls from the Hooker Falls parking lot. Take the Triple Falls Trail from the lot for about .4 miles and you will see the a waterfall through the trees. Triple Falls is a beautiful waterfall, but for this post I wanted to give you something that’s a bit of a hike from the parking lot and not just an easy walk.

 

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There are two ways you can reach High Falls from here: continue on Triple Falls Trail until you reach Buck Forest Road (go left at this intersection) or you can take the scenic route along the river via the High Falls Trail. This trail is still well maintained but has more rugged steps to it and a steeper incline at points. If you take the The Buck Forest Road way it is like walking on a gravel and a paved road at points. That’s no fun!

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When you reach the top of High Falls you will see the covered bridge. Be careful if you play in the water here. Many people have slipped on a rock gone over the edge. The whole hike from the parking lot to High Falls is just over 1 mile.

 

 

Bridal Veil Falls

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Bridal Veil Falls has several access points too. You can get their via the Corn Mill Shoals Parking Lot or the Fawn Lake Parking Lot. My favorite way is from the Corn Mill Shoals Parking Lot. You will take the Corn Mill Shoals Trail the entire way, which is 2.73 miles one way.

 

Bridal Veil Falls trail starts off relatively easy but once you pass through Tom Creek (a fun creek you get to take your shoes off and walk through to reach the other side) it gets steep and has several switchbacks. The hike is very scenic and enjoyable at a moderate pace. It could take you anywhere from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours to reach Bridal Veil Falls from this trail – just depends on how fast you hike.

I hope you enjoy my waterfall hiking report from the DuPont State Forest. There are so many trails and falls to see that you definitely need to make multiple trips.

About the Author: Jacob Dunbar is a kayaker, hiker and outdoor enthusiast who writes for Adayak, an outdoor shirts company. Get more from Jacob and Adayak on twitter.

Outdoor Enthusiast’s Heaven – Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountainsThe Smoky Mountains offers an incredible range of diverse activities for visitors to take advantage of. Hiking, cycling, fishing, and the exploration of wildlife and historical sites are available for all people; whether you are brand-new to the tangled wildlife of a national park or an expert, there are opportunities for everyone. Shorter trails are available for those who are more inexperienced, and there are even specially designated child-friendly trails are offered.

A basic understanding of what to do in a dangerous situation involving black bears should be maintained before a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Black bears are often unpredictable and violent animals, and one should not approach them or allow them to approach. In order to not encourage problems between humans and bears, do not throw away food into the wilderness, and certainly do not offer food to the bears.

However, black bears and other forms of wildlife is always a pleasure to view from a distance with a camera or telescope, and should definitely be done. Just remember that safety is first!

Mammoth, It’s a Cave!

mammoth-caveMammoth Cave is quite literally mammoth. It is the longest cave system in the world, and its lengthy 390 miles are located in central and south Kentucky, and it is known as a part of the Green River Valley. However, that number is bound to change in the near future as researchers continue to discover new branches of caves.

Mammoth Cave is home to some bizarre yet fascinating rock formations. Take a trip to the Frozen Niagara entrance and take pictures of the most photographed part of the cave system. Take a cave tour and explore the Rotunda and the Snowball rooms, or squeeze through passages such as Fat Man’s Misery and Tall Man’s Misery. Even visit the Lost River Cave, a section of Mammoth Cave through which you will experience an underground lake tour, ducking under the low ceiling.

For overnight stays, try camping on one of the various campgrounds located in the park. There are many modernized ones while more experienced campers can take the opportunity in the primitive campgrounds.

Gem of United States Nature – The Grand Canyon

grand-canyonA summer vacation idea not to be missed is a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is split into two rims; the North and South rim. Due to the disparity in their elevations, the two rims seem like two completely separate parks. If you’re interested in visiting the North Rim, be sure to save the trip for a date between May and October, or you may risk being trapped by snowfall. However, a visit to the North Rim is well worth it because of the breathtaking views and solitude that can be experienced through a day hike.

Both rims should be explored through day hikes, and can be explored in a variety of different ways. Park rangers are available to offer information on the history and science of the park, and mule trips are offered for both rims. The South rim offers a Desert View drive, whitewater rafting trips through the Colorado River, and a photo hot spot for nature photographers trying to find the best lighting to capture views of the park. The North rim offers a myriad of different hiking trails and roads, and should be explored as thoroughly as possible for some truly awesome sights.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

sleeping-bear-dunesLocated in Empire, Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is a great place for a weekend of camping, nature exploration, and fun with the entire family. Not only does it offer rustic-style camping right by the crystal clear and beautiful Lake Michigan, but it also offers campgrounds with modern restrooms, electricity, and paved roads. Camping can also be done on the Manitou Islands.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is comprised of a multitude of different activities. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing are all possible on the various lakefronts and rivers, such as Glen Lake and the Platte River. Biking is also a great family friendly activity for the outdoors. Of course, many visitors intend to visit the dunes, and the Dune Climb is highly recommended for everyone! A strenuous climb to the top, it is exhilarating to run and roll back down to the bottom