Saturday, June 16, 2012


Owasippe Scout Reservation,  America's oldest Boy Scout camp in continuous operation.  Located on Russell Road, Twin Lake, Michigan.  This was our destination for the day.  

Years ago, Mike, the kids, and I rode our mountain bikes around Owasippe.  I remember Owasippe as rich woods with many lakes, scary bridges, hilly, a very unique place. 

Owasippe is currently closed to the public but will reopen August 18th.  There is a fee and you need to register before you hike or bike here.  These are pictures from the day Marie and I spent there on the last day of May.

A trail filled with Wild Columbine.

            "Quaking Bog" and it did quake!


 Scary bridge, I just closed my eyes as I crossed it.

Partridgeberry  (Mitchella repens)

This Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) was just starting to open and was more red than orange.


          Frostweed (Helianthemum canadense) Rockrose Family

Along a trail at Owasippie, another fun adventure.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Manistee Cabin Trip

May 23-26 2012  Up to the cabin we go, Mike and me, for three wonderful days.  Ah relax, except for the walking and we did some walking.  The weather was actually a bit warm, 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but there was a good wind and low humidity.

We left home around 6pm, and stopped in Hart for a delicious dinner at La Fiesta.  Fresh authentic Mexican food and great service, as usual.  After that we went to the cabin for the night.

The first morning, after sleeping in until 9!, we went for a hike on the Manistee River Trail starting at Slagle Creek. 

We walked about 4 miles north to the waterfall. 

Every chance we got we went to the river's edge to look for wildflowers.  Mike is very patient and looks around for all interesting things.  He spotted the Indian Paintbrush first.
  Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) Figwort Family

Wow, that is a very cool plant!
Then we walked the 4 miles back to Slagle Creek, 8 miles in 5 hours.

This is Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)  Dogwood Family. 

We also found Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) Saxifrage Family

Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) Composite Family

After our hike we stopped by the Dublin General store, then back to the cabin for dinner.  It is still different not having Tilly (our dog) with us but her last walk on the Manistee River trail was a 10 mile hike!  That was a little too much for her (and me).

Anyhow the next morning we poked around the cabin area, along the creek, through the Manistee National Forest.  It was beautiful.

We decided to go some place different.  Mike chose a section of the North Country Trail, starting at the Freesoil trailhead in Lake County.  We walked north, and at the start of the trail you walk through a swampy area with several footbridges.

Blue Racer

We walked to a boardwalk overlook ~4 miles to the northwest.  Mostly passing through some wonderful woods.

I saw this kind of bug more than once but never
identified it.

These two have been identified as Six-Spotted Tiger Beetles.

This is the trail marker, blue paint on a tree with a butterfly.  We made it back to the car without to much moaning (from me), I'm sure we walked another 8 miles on this hike, it took 3 hours so we were moving along.

We did make a quick stop at a place called Elbow Lake.
 Back to the cabin.  I brought the Truth Cam along and we sent it up along the creek, all we got were pictures of a northern raccoon.
The next day we left the cabin bright and early and drove south on M-37 to Baldwin then west to Bowman Lake, a glacial depression.  Here we walked the 2.5 mile trail around the lake and more.
 Bowman Lake near Baldwin Michigan.
Several families were camping around the lake, some kayaking, some fishing. 

I took this picture of an unidentified dragonfly.  I didn't realize until I put the pictures on the computer that the delicate, empty, larva case was in the photo too.

We saw lots of lupine.

After Bowman Lake we went south on M-37 to Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary which is part of the Manistee National Forest.             

"Glaciers were important in forming the landscape around Loda Lake. The area is part of the Lake Border Moraine, a set of hilly areas formed about 12,000 years ago by the Michigan Lobe during the Wisconsinian glaciation.  Loda Lake itself was likely formed when an ice block broke off from the main glacier and became stranded, melting slowly, afterward, sandy material collapsed into the depression left when the ice block melted." 

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)


 Below are photos of  Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea).

We drove home after Loda Lake, got home around two, unpacked, and got busy with things here at home.  What a great few days away.