Tuesday, October 12, 2010

North with my sister Marie

 2010 October 4th and 5th Marie and I were able to have a two day adventure up north and it was beautiful weather!

Arcadia Scenic Turnout
Sunshine and blue sky. We left at 8 a.m. Monday morning and here is her list of stops from that first day.
  9:19 a.m.  Bar Lake Outlet (North of Manistee Michigan)
10:23  Arcadia Scenic Turnout
11:04  Boo Hoo View Road end
11:17  Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve
(north of Arcadia)             
12:03  Fruithaven Forest Preserve
12:43  Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
  ?:??   Public Access to Crystal Lake
  2:34  Railroad Point Natural Area (Crystal Lake  Area)
  3:21  Betsie River Access Site (south of Benzonia ~ 1 mile)
  4:11  Red Bridge River Access (Manistee River)
  4:53   "Cool Place" along Warfield Road
  5:15   Bryan's cabin #1
   Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve
The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy 

   Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

 Manistee River at Red Bridge

 Wexford County Michigan

Seasonal Road in Manistee National Forest

  Near Harrietta Michigan

The next day, Tuesday, we drove to Brandybrook Semi-primitive Area by way of some gorgeous seasonal roads.  This place is just a few miles west of Cadilliac Michigan. 

We roamed about a bit in the thick underbrush, there are BEARS here, but we didn't see any.  We did see many Tamarack trees, flowers, ferns, just a neat place, so remote seeming.

We tooled around more back roads, some times only a two-track.  We ended up at the Silver Creek Pathway, which is north of Luther Michigan.  This trail, about a 3+ mile loop, crosses Silver Creek but mainly follows along the Pine River. 

After huffing and puffing a bit up the hills we reached the car, traveled west on US 10, then south on US 31 to Hart, having dinner at - yes, La Fiesta!

I dropped Marie at her door and drove the 33 miles home from her house to mine. We covered about 360 miles in those two days!

 We are lucky!


Anonymous said...

We are lucky! What a trip. No stress, just go where we want. Walk in woods, enjoy the wildflowers, see the beautiful blue sky. The vistas. The colorful trees. Love those seasonal roads, always waiting there just for us.
Ahhh. M

stratovolcano said...

your blog pictures make Michigan look like the best place in the world.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Yes Marie those seasonal roads ARE just waiting for us.

To Dr. McCarthy: Well it IS the best place in the world, Right?