Along the way we find High Rollaway Roadside Park, it is situated high above the Muskegon River.
234 steps down to the river.
Muskegon River at High Rollaway Roadside Park
A lovely Crown Vetch
There was this six-legged spider on a log near the river. Is it a Wolf spider?
There was also a Liverwort, it was bigger than the Liverwort we saw at Gale's Pond.
Next we drove to Oak Avenue, a dirt two-track, then west onto E 88th Street. At this intersection is an Indian cemetery with a sign "Surrerar" also known as Little Prairie Cemetery.
We continued west on E 88th until we came to a more open area we thought would be the Newaygo Coastal Plain Marsh. Well compared to what we saw on Bing maps this place was grown-in with tall, thick shrubs and trees. No access here. We back tracked to another two-track going north, we pulled onto the grassy verge and parked. In a booklet this place is called the Coastal Plain Marsh - 88th Street Wetland Restoration Area.
We bushwhacked our way to the edge of the "marsh". No visible sign of water but the ground was damp, with many rushes and sedges growing there. After an hour here, it was 80 degrees, we had a cool drink and sandwich in the van.
East on 88th Street the way we came, stopping at the
"Prairie in the Manistee National Forest"
After walking here we drove back to Thornapple Avenue to a boat launch, we just pulled through, we didn't get out of the car. Then off we went east past the Croton Dam then west again to 72nd Street and now we are north of the Muskegon River. Here we visit the south end of Karner Blue Nature Sanctuary owned by the Michigan Nature Association.
The prairie was quite dry, not much blooming.
We did find Horsemint still blooming and