Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fern Dog Cabin #1

2010 10 24,25,26  Mike, Tilly, and I spent a couple days at the cabin (Thanks to my brother-in-law Bryan).  We all had a relaxing time and even walked 10 miles on just one hike!
We started our adventure at Gale's Pond an Oceana County Park (located on Filmore Road in Elbridge Township, 19 acres in size).  This is a nice little county park with a long boardwalk then a trail through cedars, hemlocks, and beautiful wildflowers.

                                            Gale's Pond Park

Just around the corner from Gale's Pond we spied a small woodland trail called The Doolittle Memorial Park.

We stopped in at the Crystal Lake Boat access and saw these beautiful Asters.
Then a quick stop at La Fiesta in Hart Michigan for lunch, cruising around some back roads and stopping off at lake or river access points.  One place was along the Pere Marquette National Scenic River, very nice.
The next morning we took a walk on the Manistee River Trail (one of our favorite trails).  We started at Red Bridge and walked north to the 5 mile marker turned around and walked back the 5 miles we had just come. 


It was a bit overcast and the trees were just starting to show some color.  We passed 80 different hikers, this was a Saturday, usually on a week day you might see a few hikers.
                      Manistee River

 Manistee River
  Along the Manistee River Trail
 

Harebell
 Slagle Creek Bridge



  
 The last day of our outing we went through the Brandybrook Semiprimitive Area, just west of Cadillac Michigan.
                                          Brandybrook Area

We drove around west of Baldwin and walked the Bowman Lake Trail.  Just a short jaunt to a beautiful glacial depression.

 Then we headed home.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. You should be paid by the State of Michigan to be their photographer. What an enticing trip. You have been everywhere. M

stratovolcano said...

Cool pictures! they keep getting better, it seems. Makes me want to visit Michigan.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Thanks Stratovolcano, yes please visit Michigan!

Diane said...

Stunning! Have you upgraded your photog equipment? Stunning close-ups! 10 mile hike! You 2 are in shape!

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