2011 November 29
Eastmanville Bayou Open Space
(Ottawa County http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/ebayou.htm)
is open but under construction, located in Allendale Township along the south bank of the Grand River on 68th Avenue south of Leonard Street.
The trail to the east starts off under the bridge and continues along a wide mowed loop trail, about one mile round trip.
We continued farther than the loop trail until we were south of Deer Creek Park.
We had to go off trail into some of the swampy areas. We found an eagle's nest, singing trees, and lots of deer stands. Our walk to the east of the bridge was over two miles.
The wildflowers aren't doing much this time of year, so we check out the trees, moss, lichen, rocks, or whatever we come across.
This walk was just under two miles total.
At some point along the Grand River here we found a jumbled mess of man-made debris- cement, cables, and whatnot. Later after some research, Marie discovered there had been a cable ferry at this point a century or so ago. It cost 15 cents for a man and his horse to cross the river and 25 cents for a horse and wagon to cross.
We walked about 4 miles today, we got back to my house early, so I made Kleepers. Yum.