The Garden Peninsula

I went to the Garden Peninsula recently. For my friends in Wisconsin, this is a large peninsula in Upper Michigan which juts out into Lake Michigan., similar to Door County. In fact, if you kept going across the water you would come to the end of Door county peninsula.

This peninsula is not very touristy. It contains Fayette State Park which has some old mining buildings, but the real attraction to me is the giant white limestone cliffs which rival the beauty of Pictured Rocks with a fraction of the tourists.

What most people don’t know is that there are cedar trees in this park which are over 1500 years old. Unlike the giant Ross creek cedars out in the western U.S. which grow 8′ in diameter, these ancient trees are less than one foot in diameter because they grow in between rocks and are stunted.

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