Thursday, March 8, 2012

To the far point

2012 02 19  It is a hike to the far point at Bass River Rec Area, but not much of a trail anymore. What trail is left is overgrown and strewn with dead trees, branches, and trash brought here by flooding. To get there you have to cross a creek, not Bass River, usually there is a fair amount of water in this creek.  For years there have been some large logs to cross on.  Still it was scary, I think that I would die if I fell into this dark murky water.  Of course I wouldn't die, but it gives me the creeps.  This walk, round trip, is about 3.5 miles.

Creek Crossing


    Bass River, way over there

Bass Lake

 Bass River meeting Grand River

 Overgrown trail

Tangled trail

These next four pictures are of a Honey Locust, Gleditsia triacanthos tree, I think. 
Thorn, this one is ~ 3 inches long.  Mike some how got poked by one, ow.

Legume (pod) of the Honey Locust, ~6 inches long

Honey Locust tree pictures above and below 

 Bass Lake, some places I have seen this lake called Max Lake.
 Bass Lake

 Bass Lake

 Woodpecker activity, no woodpecker

 Lichen on a tree (at least I think it is lichen)

 This looks like liverwort, but I don't know...
I just liked it.

Bass Lake on the right, Grand River on the left, this is a narrow piece of land, don't get off the trail here.

 Across the Grand River is Bur Oak Landing (Ottawa County open space land) you can see the boat launch.

That's a sycamore tree, and a willow tree.

 I think this might be a Cecropia cocoon.  Here is a site to find out more,  

In the center of this picture you can see a car parked at the end of North Cedar Drive (about 9/10ths of a mile away).
Where Bass Lake and the Grand River meet, the sandy point is Riverside Park. 

 Sign on the point
 Now we are heading back, and we pass the sycamore and willow again.

Grand River
A very nice Sunday afternoon walk.


Anonymous said...

I like the map. Your photos sure tell the story of what it's like. We will learn all that grows - someday! The cocoon is interesting - think of what's inside. Thanks for all your work - I enjoyed every minute. M :)

New Hampshire Gardener said...

Excellent post, and beautiful place.

Anonymous said...

I used to spend a lot of time in that area back when I had a bass boat. I think my kayak and I are going to have to pay a visit there early this spring before the boat traffic gets too heeavy. Great post by the way!

kayak1 said...

Very nice... Another spot we like to kayak...

Plants Amaze Me said...

Anonymous, of course you liked the map, it's a map, isn't it. ;-)
Should you and I go to the far point? Will you help me cross the creek? I know, with you I'm on my own. Mike would rescue me, but there would be no hope with you. We'll see.

Plants Amaze Me said...

New Hampshire Gardener, Thanks, yes it is a beautiful places. :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

quietsolopursuits, Thanks, yup it is a fun place to poke around in a kayak. Maybe up Bass River? :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

kayak1, Hey are you back in Michigan? Mike is ready to go kayaking, looks like it will warm up next week. Thanks. :)