Friday, October 26, 2018

Mid October 2018

October 11 2018  Marie and I went on an adventure to P. J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County. 
We walked at the northern section, past the campground, along Little Black Creek.  The creek flows into Lake Michigan at this point.  Usually on the beach, the creek has some twists and turns before entering the big lake, on this day it headed straight into the lake. 
  Looking to the north with Little Black Creek meeting Lake Michigan
      Looking to the south
     Looking west at Lake Michigan, it was very windy!

 We found the old wood bridge replaced by metal.
We tried to follow the trail back along the creek, but it was flooded in places!
 That is the trail in the center of the picture with the creek on the far right!  We were able to go part of the way but then the water was just too deep for our boots.
The same day we stopped at Black Lake Park also in Muskegon County.
 This is Little Black Lake, the same water that flows through Hoffmaster and into Lake Michigan.

 Some fall color, but things were still mostly green.

 The next day was off to Crockery Creek Natural Area with Mike.  Some color here too!  October 12

Mike and I celebrate our anniversary in October, (41 years!) and for the last few years we have visited Mackinac Island to mark the occasion.  We stayed at The Inn on Mackinac built in 1867.  

Most of our stay on the island was very windy, cold, with rain and snow.  We did manage to do a long hike along the Tranquil Bluff Trail, and some even longer bike rides.

The island can be reached by private boat, by ferry, by small aircraft, and in the winter, by snowmobile over an ice bridge. The airport has a 3,500-foot paved runway, and daily charter air service from the mainland is available. In the summer tourist season, ferry boat service is available to shuttle visitors to the island from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

Motorized vehicles have been prohibited on the island since 1898, with the exception of snowmobiles during winter, emergency vehicles, and service vehicles. Travel on the island is either by foot, bicycle, or horse powered carriage. Roller skates and roller blades are also allowed, except in the downtown area. Bicycles, roller skates/roller blades, carriages, and saddle horses are available for rent. An 8-mile road follows the  perimeter of the island, and numerous roads, trails and paths cover the interior.  M-185,  the United States only state highway without motorized vehicles, makes a circular loop around the island, closely hugging the shoreline.  Mackinac Island is about 8 miles in circumference and 3.8 square miles in total area.




 We took one last ride around the island before hopping on the ferry to head home.  The clouds moved in and a strong wind kicked up.   
This is the ferry as it came to the island from Mackinaw City (about 8 miles).  The Mackinac Bridge is approximately 5 miles behind the ferry.  On this day, at 12:30 in the afternoon,  the dark snow clouds obliterated the view of the bridge.  It was a wild ride on the ferry that afternoon, however a rainbow appeared while we crossed Lake Huron!  Even with the not so perfect weather, we very much enjoyed our trip.

In mid October, the fall colors were not yet at peak.  Still we did see some color and many plants still flowering.  I would say a pretty nice Autumn season.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 2018 First Three Adventures

October 2
An adventure to Crockery Creek Natural Area, Ottawa County Park.

This very old, very big oak tree greets you at the start of your walk. 

This really was October 2nd, although the leaves look spring green.

We found a violet blooming! 

We also found Touch-Me-Not blooming, and Wild Basil, Indian Tobacco, asters, goldenrod, dandelion, Heal All...

 Wild Lily of the Valley
 This adventure was with Marie, so we checked out a few places off the main trail. 

 The lighter colored water is Crockery Creek, and the darker water is a swampy area.


 I know that is a lot of photos for one trip but what can I say... I really left many photos out.
Again lots of pictures... This was October 5th starting at Hofma Preserve, a Grand Haven Township Park located at 16295 Sleeper St..  Hofma Preserve has 446 acres with approximately 4.5 miles of trails, an 885 foot floating bridge, 17 space parking area and a restroom. 
 I went alone on this walk and even though I didn't like crossing the 885 foot floating bridge, by myself twice, I did.  I had a very nice walk!  Sometimes I surprise myself. 

Most of the red leaves were maples and tupelo trees.  It was a warm and humid day.

 Safely back to the parking area.  I was walking for 1 1/2 hours and never saw another person!  

It was October 8th, Betsy and I walked at Kirk Park.  Ottawa County Park.

We started off in the woods, soon I was seeing different sorts of fungus.

I'm not sure what these are... 
 And these?  Maybe Dead Man's Fingers?

Then the stairs, up and down over the dunes.

 Lake Michigan

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.