Year: 2021

Summer Adventure #13: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 29, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A lighthouse sits atop a rocky outcropping.
After copper mining in the Keweenaw began in the 1840s, Eagle Harbor needed a lighthouse to guide ships to safety in this especially treacherous area of Lake Superior. The current red brick Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was built in 1871, which […]

Summer Adventure #12: Canyon Falls

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 22, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
Only in the UP….  Only in the UP will you find such an impressive waterfall that is so easily visited as an offshoot of a roadside park! The “Grand Canyon of Michigan,” Canyon Falls will not disappoint. The main falls […]

Summer Adventure #11: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 15, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
Lake of the Clouds at sunset
It seems to me that it is easy to daydream about vacations in far off places, while overlooking local opportunities for adventure. Did you know we have one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the entire Midwest right here […]

Summer Adventure #10: Nara Nature Park

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 8, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
The sun shines through the trees in a dense forest.
Whether you are up for a short, easy hike or a long bike ride, there should be a trail for you at the Nara Nature Park. Not only does Nara have over 100 acres, it connects directly to Michigan Tech’s […]

How We Homeschool: The Cadeau Family

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 3, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A stack of schoolbooks and an announement that says "New on the Blog: How we Homeschool Installment #3"
There are so many different ways homeschooling can work for individual families. Kaleidoscope strives to support each family in their homeschooling journey, and we understand there is not just one right way to achieve a well-rounded home education. In this […]

Summer Adventure #9: Hungarian Falls

Author: Erin Lempkowski August 1, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A waterfall in the forest cascades to a pool.
If you seek a bit of rugged wildness, but without too much strenuous hiking, this might be the waterfall trip for you. Located in the Lake Linden area, Hungarian Falls consists of a series of four dramatic waterfalls of varying […]

Summer Adventure #8: Point Abbaye

Author: Erin Lempkowski July 25, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A view of a rocky shoreline overlooking Lake Superior
This week, we head off the beaten path to Point Abbaye. The Abbaye Peninsula borders the eastern side of Keweenaw Bay, jutting into Lake Superior like a miniature Keweenaw Peninsula. The Point Abbaye Nature Area is a remote destination, and […]

Summer Adventure #7: Chutes and Ladders

Author: Erin Lempkowski July 19, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A giant playground structure on a sandy beach.
This week on the blog, we give a shout out to what is quite possibly the most epic playground in Michigan. Chutes and Ladders playground, which is part of Kestner Park in Houghton, is like the classic board game come […]

Summer Adventure #6: It’s Rodeo Time!

Author: Erin Lempkowski July 11, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A cowboy rides a bucking saddle bronc.
Grab your boots, cowboy hat, and your cheering voice and get ready to head on down to the Iron County Fairgrounds in Iron River. Next weekend, July 16-17 2021, The UP Pro Rodeo offers a parade, vendors, rodeo queen competition, […]

Summer Adventure #5: Paavola Wetlands Nature Area

Author: Erin Lempkowski July 4, 2021 In Blog Comments (0)
A beaver lodge peeks out of a pond.
This week, it’s time to hit the trail again. The Paavola Wetlands Nature Area boasts miles of easy trails for hikers with young children or needing handicapped accessibility. The area is home to turtles, frogs, a variety of waterfowl and […]