The new bike path at the park.
We saw red... in the Running Strawberry Bush and the Partridgeberry.
And more red! I'm pretty sure this is a milk snake. First one I have ever seen, it was on the steps at Connor as we went to the car.
More Red! Virginia Creeper covers the trees at Connor Bayou Park.
The sun is setting noticeably earlier every day. We either need to carry flashlights or go for our walks earlier.
Grand River from the kayak launch at Connor Bayou Park.
September 5, Betsy went with me to Bass River Recreation Area to see the Closed Gentian, that I so much wanted to see. There was sun and blue sky, what you don't see from the photos is how humid it was! Such a wonderful daughter to cater to my whims!
Nodding Ladies' Tresses Orchid
My sister Sugar and I took at couple of very pleasant bike rides. We started from the new bike path at Connor Bayou Park, then pedaled east to the M-231 trailhead, up the hill to M-231, over the Grand River, under M-231 and north to Leonard Street and back. It is called the Spoonville Trail.
I found this bit of history about Spoonville, "John Spoon, born 1829 in Seneca County, N.Y., arrived with his brother, Daniel, in Crockery Township in 1856. They established the town of Spoonville. A carpenter by trade, the centerpiece of the town was Spoon’s sawmill, that he built that same year. Spoon also owned the largest farm in Ottawa County at one time. It was on this 848-acre property that Spoon discovered the Indian burial mounds where skeletons, copper and stone tool implements, and ornamental earthen vases were unearthed." "Spoonville is a historic archeological site, located on the banks of the Grand River in Crockery Township, Ottawa County, Michigan. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973."
The ride was just over 7 miles, and it was on the first cool day we had this September. Fun ride!
M-231 Trailhead with parking, portable toilet, bike tools and air pump, and a bench!
Grand River from M-231
On another nice day, we started again at Connor Bayou and rode our bikes to Riverside Park, about 4 miles east on the Grand River Explores Trail.
Grand River from the boat launch at Riverside Park, Ottawa County.
Some pretty leaves, I couldn't decide which ones I liked best so I included all of them.
Still a good walk.
With just a day or two of cool weather early in September, we returned to unseasonably hot and humid weather. We also had some record rainfall, which brought out a fresh and frisky batch of mosquitoes! Still I always appreciate getting outside for a walk or a bike ride! Thanks for stopping by.