New Scenic Viewers in the UP Allow The Colorblind To Enjoy The View Too
There is absolutely nothing more pure Michigan than some of the incredible scenic views you can find around our incredible state.
But for people who suffer from Colorblindness, seeing the beautiful hues of Michigan can be difficult, and it has nothing to do with how far they can see. And while some people may think that being colorblind means you can't see any colors, it's actually more than you can't tell what colors you're seeing.
What is it like to be colorblind?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, "Color blindness occurs when you are unable to see colors in a normal way. It is also known as color deficiency. Color blindness often happens when someone cannot distinguish between certain colors. This usually happens between greens and reds, and occasionally blues."
So when people have a form of colorblindness that features reds and greens, it can make it very difficult to enjoy some of the incredible views that can be found in nature, especially in the UP.
So, that's why a non-profit and Michigan's DNR have worked together to install the viewers in one park in the UP for people to be able to truly experience and enjoy some of the breathtaking views.
The Friends of the Porkies, a non-profit who supports the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, raised over $17,000 to have the viewers installed so that people can enjoy the incredible views.
How do the scenic colorblind viewers work?
They work just like the colorblind glasses that you've probably seen videos of on the internet. They have a lens that works in a way that allows eyes that can't normally view greens and reds, to be able to finally find that spectrum of color.
These viewers originally were installed in Tennessee in 2020, and now this will one of the first places that will have them outside of that state, and the first place in Michigan to offer these unique viewers.
If you want to visit them this summer or fall, the viewers are free to use and located at the Lake of the Clouds overlook and at the mouth of the Presque Isle River.