Early in October a friend and I decided to take a road trip to the Tunnel of Trees near Harbor Springs. We didn't know exactly when the color there would peak, but we planned it for the last Saturday in October.
The forecast for that day was 100% rain and we wondered if it would be worth making the drive, but we decided to set out anyway.
M-119 runs on a high bluff alongside Lake Michigan and is a spectacular vantage point, even on a cloudy gray day.
Entering a forested area, it didn't take long to see why this route is called the Tunnel of Trees.
Besides the colors within the wooded tunnel, there were vistas of color on the many hillsides.
It might have been a bit past peak color, but it was still a beautiful drive....even with gray skies.
There were only a few places to stop along the way and view the color from the bluffs, but when we stopped others had the same idea and were snapping pictures too.
When we got to the end of the highway at Cross Village, we went to the Lake Michigan beach, also showing fall color. We'd hoped to eat lunch at Legs Inn, but it had already closed for the season.
Ready for lunch, we headed back towards Harbor Springs with skies darkening. Even though rain had been forecast at 100%, we'd hardly had a sprinkle until we were almost back in town.