We managed to clear a few days on our calendar for a get-away in search of autumn colors. Our journey took us to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where we were rewarded with some spectacular views. Great Sand Bay on Lake Superior near Eagle Harbor is always fantastic – with or without color. The Seney wildlife reserve offered us geese and trumpeter swans to look at, among other things. Some areas were pretty despite being past peak, but Munising and Marquette provided peak color. Brockway Mountain in Keewenaw County is always breath taking, and there is a particularly lovely tree right in front of our house in Milwaukee we thought we’d show you.

We strolled the cemetery in Eagle Harbor, which tells some of the Bryant family history. Randy’s great grandfather, Edward, was killed in a mine accident at Central Mine in 1833, and is buried there. Other Bryants are laid to rest there as well. In the mining ghost town of Central, the original church (kept in wonderful shape) has a reunion the last Sunday of July that is attended by miners’ descendents from all over. We hope to be going there next summer. Included are photos of the 1907 reunion, as well as Edward and Jane’s home. The Keewenaw County Historic Society is restoring some of the old homes that are still standing in this community, including one that is dedicated to Jane Ivey Bryant, the widow of Edward.