Parking on 44th avenue it is about one and a half miles to Mud Lake which is the largest lake at Ross Coastal Plain Marsh. There are some house foundations here from the previous owners.
Remnants of a house at Mud Lake.
At first I thought this vine was Poison Ivy but a closer look showed it was Virginia Creeper.
Then we saw an odd tan pile of something on the ground. Directly above this pile we noticed hundreds of aphids on the branch of an American Beech tree. Closer inspection told us it was a big pile of aphid secretion. We saw these piles a few times always under American Beech trees. I guess these aphids are even called Beech Woolly Aphid or Beech Blight Aphid. I wonder why I never noticed this before?
We did find some nice looking Beechdrops.
We walked more than 3 miles, got back to the car and drove north. In Allegan County, Laketown Township, we visited Farview Nature Park. Another couple miles to walk, bringing our walk total to ~five miles for the day.
Farview Nature Park
That was it for this adventure, another fun time.