Our destination for this rainy day was Saugatuck Dunes State Park, a Michigan State Park. Located on Lake Michigan in Allegan County. This is a day use park with 1,120 acres, 14 miles of hiking trails through woods and sand dunes. It has two miles of Lake Michigan beachfront.
We have visited this park several times before. This visit we struck off in a different direction, mostly following a waterway which looked like it had been dug long ago. We are always attracted to water- creeks, streams, swamps, ponds, rivers - we note the direction of flow, and research where the water flows to and where it came from.
So we started at the parking area and went north along the trail until the trail veered left, we headed right to be near the swampy area. Soon we were on the back side of the dunes following this ditch. Just in case you want to know, the water was flowing northwest. After turning a 90 degree corner along this ditch the water was suddenly flowing west. So the water was flowing in two directions, it met at the corner and disappeared under the ground!
We decided to continue north to see what was over the next rise. More woods and then, a ditch appeared with water flowing north!
This ditch had deep sides and had been dug more recently. Why, and who dug it? We assumed we were still in the park since we hadn't seen any boundary signs.
Somewhere along here in the woods, and these were very wet woods, with standing water to walk through, we came across an old travel trailer painted in a camouflage pattern. It was in rough shape, with windows broken. We wondered how anyone got it back in here.
After a bit we could see the roof of a house so we turned back. We had been at the base of a sand dune for most of our walk. We went through the woods, up the hill and found we were on the ridge of a big dune.
We had been down there.
We could not see Lake Michigan from here. We were on a trail, and went south to the parking area.
On the way home I felt something crawling on my neck, it was a TICK! Well, we were following deer trails but a tick in January.
So even though it was a dark, rainy day, we found a new-to-us place to explore.