I was planning my summer of 2011 in Michigan, one of the most
frequent "must-sees" I was told about was Tahquamenon
Falls. But it wasn't the "dry" stats of it being
the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and second in
size to Niagara that sold me - I wanted to see the tannin
tinted water for myself and see why these falls are also called
"Root Beer Falls."
the DNR website, the amber color of the water is caused by
tannins leached from the Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock in the
swamps drained by the river. The extremely soft water churned
by the action of the falls causes the large amounts of foam,
which has been the trademark of the Tahquamenon since the
days of the voyager.
really liked this sign with the "Prayer of the Woods"
am the heat of the hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly
shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are
refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam thta holds your house, the board of your table,
the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your
boat. I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead,
the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. I am
the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. Ye who pass
by, listen to my prayer: 'Harm me not.'