Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 04 26 Aman Park in Ottawa County, Michigan


                         All the white is trillium!

                                     Sand Creek

                            Virginia Bluebell lots of them!

 This was just a quick trip with my sister and brother-in-law.  And I know this post is out of sequence as far as date, since I still have March to finish.  I just thought if anyone happens to see this and they are able to go to Aman Park, they could see this beautiful display of wildflowers, it is a good time.

2017 March in Michigan

Quickly through March...
March 3rd. Riverside Park Ottawa County  Some flooding but we made our way around it.

 This is were the trail usually goes through, now just ponds.

March 5th. We got together with siblings, spouses, kids, nieces, nephews, grand kids, cousins, sisters-in-law,
brothers-in- law for the first Family monthly walk 3000!  It was decided we would meet at Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve!  We had a great turnout, with 11 participants.

March 7th  Marie and I visited several parks and places in the Saugatuck / Douglas area.
First Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Then on into town...

 Great Library!
 This was at Douglas Beach at Lake Michigan.

We even stopped in at East Grand River Park, (or East End Park) in Grand Haven.

March 14th it was off to Kentwood in Kent County to several of their parks. 

Nice parks in Kentwood, Michigan!

March 13th back to Riverside Park.  And the flooding is down.

Three days later, March 19th we walked again at Riverside, this time in the evening.
 Max Lake
Max Lake and the Grand River at Riverside Park.

March 21st, Marie and I decided to revisit Bend Area Open Space,
 9500 12th. Ave. Jenison, MI 49428 Ottawa County.
And a brief stop at the Haire Cemetery.

March 24th Riverside Park, finally some pretty wildflowers!

On March 28th, it was Henderson Lake Nature Center, Montague Township.
 We found Trailing Arbutus blooming here last year along the shore.  Even though we didn't expect it to be blooming it was!  Not very pink, and none were blooming in the woods yet.
That almost wraps up March 2017.  I'm not sure about noting each outing, maybe things will change for next month.  March was great!
Until next time that's all!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Catching up on the blog! 2017 January and February

First day of the new year, Mike and I had a walk at Riverside Park, an Ottawa County Park.  The trail is on a peninsula, sandwiched between the Grand River and Max Lake.

On the 3rd day of the new month, Marie came for an adventure day.  We went to Bass Recreation Area and Riverside Park but it was raining just too hard for a walk.  So we visited our sweet sister and brother-in-law in Spring Lake!  Sorry no photos to record the day.

On to January 15th, Mike and I went again to Riverside Park, but the park was flooded.  No getting around it.  So we went down the road to Connor Bayou, another Ottawa County park.
Riverside Park in Ottawa County

January 19,  Marie and I visited Hemlock Crossing, an Ottawa County park. It was a gray day but not very cold. 

 First insect of the year.

 So do squirrels snip this evergreen?
 New green leaves!

Skunk Cabbage, not yet open.

January 24 - an adventure to Farview Nature Park in Laketown Township, Allegan County.  It was another rainy day.  This is an interesting park, with ponds, creeks, woods, and fields.

After our fun walk at Farview, we went to Holland, Michigan.  First to Centennial Park, then to The Window on the Waterfront.

January 29th, Mike and I were back at Riverside Park.  Another cloudy day, and again the trails at the park were flooded.  So again over to Connor Bayou Park.  Connor Bayou Park is also along the Grand River so some of the trails here are often flooded but there is a nice loop trail through the woods that you can always count on.

The very best part of January was the birth of our grandson, Harrison!

On into February...
On the first, we (Marie and I) were at Hofma Preserve. Blue sky!


2017 02 06 North Ottawa Dunes, Grand Haven Pier

February 13 - Marie and I walked on the M-231 bridge in Ottawa County across the Grand River.  We also visited Grand River Park.


February 15th to 21st - I just had to fly to Texas and hold our new grandson.
He is perfect by the way!

I was set to just play and visit with the grandkids for the week but instead we went to the new cabin in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. 
While we were here, Andy, granddaughter Finley, and I along with the two dogs went for a short hike on the Rim trail at Lincoln National Forest.  Debi, Mary, and Harrison stayed at the cabin for this hike.
 We found a snowy field.  Finley had a great time helping build snowmen.

We also visited Sunspot, New Mexico.
And then the long drive back to Midland.
Back home in Michigan, February 22nd, a walk at Riverside Park with the very patient husband who I think understood why I just had to fly to Texas and hold that new baby. 

Grand River at Riverside Park

February 27, Marie and I got together for a trip to a park new to us! In Kent County, Coldwater River Park.
 Coldwater River

 Skunk Cabbage

 Our first real wildflower of the year, a dandelion! (sorry Skunk Cabbage)
We also went to Maher Audubon Sanctuary, Barry County Michigan.  
 We were close to the village of Freeport, and had never  been there, so we went.
 They had a very nice library in Freeport.  Friendly, too!
So we have made it through January and February of 2017.  This year is flying by.  But now it is April and I want to get to sharing the spring wildflowers we have seen.  So next post March? Then onto Spring!