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Direct swaps are welcome! I like postcards of lighthouses, waterfalls, historic architecture, science and scientists, schools and universities, or any other subject featuring your area. I hope you put date, location, weather and temperature on the card and affix multiple different stamps on it. Let me know what your preferences are, and I'll try my best to contribute to your collection.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Paradise 天堂乐土

Ever since I realized that some of my readers might be very young, I decided not to write anything negative/pessimistic as I did in some of my personal blog. I feel the responsibility that teenagers should be presented a world as beautiful as depicted in postcards. Here, after a few days of delay, for this blog entry, I pick up two cards of Tahquamenon Falls I bought during the trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula last weekend. I think the cards are beautiful although the trip was not. I just don't have the mood to write on the many gorgeous cards I have received recently. Sorry.

Tahquamenon Falls consist of Upper and Lower Falls on the Tahquamenon River. The Upper Falls are earlier to access and more spectacular in all seasons. It's hard to miss the Upper Falls on the trail due to their notably loud sound. After all, they are one of the top waterfalls, if not the second, only after the Niagara Falls, east of the Mississippi River in US. The amber color of the water is neither rust nor muddiness as seen at Hukou Waterfall on Yellow River in China, but caused by "tannin leached from the cedar, spruce and Hemlock in the swamps drained by the river". The extensive amounts of foam, which can be even seen in winter, are considered as the "trademark" of the Tahquamenon Falls.

The town where the Tahquamenon Falls are located is called Paradise. What a unique and blessing name! What an opportunity to send postcards with "Paradise" postmarks! I brought with me a dozen of postcards I was supposed to send to fellow postcrossers and bought tens of postcards over Mackinac Bridge, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. But I didn't mail any. It's probably the first trip I didn't send any postcards, not even to myself. Paradise is too beautiful to be a destination for new graduate students from China during fall break. May the young lives lost on their way to Paradise rest in peace.


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