So many interesting things have been coming my way lately that it's hard to choose what to share. But I'm going to sneak back to Friday for a minute. Ellen and I had another excellent day. It started out rainy, and we did some handicrafting at her house, and had a wonderful asparagus pastry for lunch.
Then we decided that, rain or not, we were going to get in the car and go exploring. Are you ready for this? We found a whole new place to play with lots of hiking possibilities! I'll tell more as we learn more.
The rain let up just long enough for us to sneak in a little hike. I just snapped a few pictures, and didn't realize what a nice set this is until tonight.
First is red pine, showing off the reason for its name. In certain lights, the bark looks really red. This is a pine plantation, as so much red pine is in Michigan. It was planted a lot in the 1930s by the CCC, and is now being harvested. This stand looks a little younger, maybe from the 1950s.
While we were walking a trail (no names, some former forest road numbers) we passed this wonderful old white pine. There are only a few of this size left that escaped the clearcut logging around 1900. This baby is probably 120 years old at least. I should have put Ellen beside it for scale.
Tall pines are awesome trees!
|See Walking at Ward Hills for more red pine
See The Wagon Road for another big white pine