Deadman's Hill

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two weeks ago Ben and I visited Deadman's Hill to admire the fall colors. It's become one of our all-time favorite viewing spots in northern Michigan. The scenic overlook gives you breathtaking views of the Jordan River Valley. As the name suggests, there's a story behind Deadman's Hill and well, this is about as 'creepy' as I get as we approach Halloween. ;) The legend goes like this: 

"The period of early logging in the Hills of the Jordan River Valley was marred by several fatal accidents. The last known and best recalled tragedy took the life of 21 year old Stanley (Big Sam) Graczyk, a fun loving lumberjack soon to be married.  He became legend on May 20, 1910 when he was killed while driving a team and big wheels loaded with logs down a steep slope near here. Anthony (Tony) Wojciechowski who was with Big Sam when he died is responsible for the accurate recounting of this legend.  This high point, with its commanding view of the valley, has ever since been known as "Deadman's Hill."

A bit more sad than creepy don't you think? 
^ The beautiful, rustic drive up to the scenic lookout ^
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^ It was a pretty foggy day when we visited, but as you can tell- GORGEOUS views. ^
On a clear morning it looks like miles of colorful broccoli. :) At least that's how I see it.

Well, I'm feeling kind of sorry for our trick-or-treaters who will be facing a blustery evening of 40 degree weather and light drizzle (maybe even snow!) this Halloween. I hope everyone bundles up the littles. Regardless, the pumpkins will be lit at our place!

Tunic sweater: H&M
Jeans: J. Crew
Necklace: Gift
Booties: c/o Hush Puppies

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