It was difficult to capture this wondrous discovery in a photo, it just looks like mud. There was water "springing" out of the side of this ravine in several places!
Our group consisted of three sisters, one brother, and one brother-in-law, we drove north for about an hour, then west for 20 minutes, followed a two-track, then another two-track, then walked down from a field through a wooded hillside into a beautiful ravine.
Cool place, but since this is "Chuck's Place" I won't give away the exact location. I'm not sure I could actually find it again on my own anyway.
We saw all sorts of interesting things, fungi, liverwort, Beechdrops, trees, water...
Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana) Broomrape family, with a bumble bee.
This plant is parasitic on beech trees ("Epifagus" translates to "upon the beech"). Note the lack of leaves. The dried stems of beechdrops can often be found through the winter.
This was a fun place and I'd like to visit again someday, maybe in the spring.
Our group also visited Nordhouse Lake which is in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, a 3,450 acre listed
wilderness area within the Manistee National Forest. It is located north of Ludington Michigan and is best known for its 4 miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.Nordhouse Lake
We walked all the way around Nordhouse Lake. We also went out to lunch and visited some of Chuck's property near here. A fun day.