About 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of my favorite places to see autumn colors in our state.
Mission Hill Overlook, across from the Mission Hill Cemetery in Brimley Michigan overlooks Spectacle Lake, Lake Superior, Whitefish Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie.
To get to the overlook, you drive up a steep incline on a narrow asphalt one-lane road, with hardwood trees on each side of the road.
It feels like you’re in a tunnel of trees, only dappled light makes it way through the shadows.
Cliffs on the north edge of the road drop more than 50 feet, raising every driver’s heartbeat a bit as they drive to the overlook.
In a vehicle, there’s barely any place on the road for two vehicles to pass each other until you reach the top.
Two vehicles meeting on the road means one vehicle has to back up and go in reverse.
Once you reach the overlook top, sunlight brightens the area as you park in the small parking area and take in the breathtaking view.
On a clear day, the gold, orange, scarlet red, and yellow leafed-trees below are a sharp contrast to the blue waters of Spectacle Lake and Lake Superior.
Even on a cloudy day just before dusk, which is when I took this photo, the view is fantastic.
Where the land ends on the northwest side of Ontario, Canada side across Lake Superior, you can see the Prince Township wind farm turbines.