If you are a reader of this blog and have a notion to visit the beautiful Western Upper Peninsula of MIchigan to photograph, hike, camp, fish, sight see, etc., there are some precautions that recent headlines bring to mind. First off, we encourage tourism as a chance to share this place and support our businesses, parks, and trail system. The downside is, each season, we lose tourists who die by demonstrating lack of judgment and reasoning, poor planning, or more often, both. Last month we lost a father and two children (mother was the only survivor) when they attempted to Kayak from Madeline Island on an open Kayak to Michigan Island (a distance that looks close enough but is very deceptive) and as often happens, Superior kicked up to eight foot waves and capsized their boat. While all had life jackets on, hypothermia only takes minutes. A few days ago, a young 32 year old woman from California was taking a selfie next to a cliff at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and slipped and fell over the edge, 200 feet to her death in the water below. A very expensive photograph with no respect for the danger of the landscape present. So if you come, be aware of the weather, do not boat or Kayak on Lake Superior without up to the minute marine weather (and a seasoned guide), and hike/photograph with a constant sense of awareness and the right equipment. Our trails are for the most part, primarily rock that gets very slippery. This time of the year I often see leaf peeping tourists with small children in short sleeved shirts when the temperature drops 30 degrees here in less than thirty minutes-a sure flirting with hypothermia, when carrying layered clothing would be such a simple precaution with forethought. Come visit but be safe so you can come back.