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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Buck and North Hills

 
I love it when I see a familiar place from a new perspective. Today I did that, and also learned something new. It was a work day, and I took a different north-south road than I usually do.

As I came over a hill on Yates Road in eastern Manistee County, this was the view to the north.

North Hills

I stopped and took a long view, and also zoomed in a bit. I thought I must be seeing Crystal Mountain, although the shape didn't seem quite right.

North Hills

Then I started to drive on, and came just a bit farther down the hill where the view opened up to the west. Wow! There was Crystal Mountain, no question.

Crystal Mountain

I was so surprised! I didn't know there was another lump of big hills up there. Turns out there are these two, plus another one even farther north, that roughly line the northwest side of the Betsie River. Crystal Mountain (a ski resort) is on the southernmost, called Buck Hills. The next one, the one I saw first is called North Hills, and the third one, not seen today, is the Turtle Lake Hill.

Remember, this is Michigan. These are not rocky hills, just some huge piles of sand the glaciers dumped and the wind sculpted before vegetation stabilized them.

None of these is a county high point. They just look impressive because they stick up from the surrounding area. Of course, I'm wondering if some of the North Hills is public land where one could explore.

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4 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

Great pix and an interesting geography lesson. Snow overnight has finally given us with a white covering in Ionia County.

Ann said...

always good to seen things from a different perspective.

Sharkbytes said...

Chuck- glad you got white stuff too. I wouldn't want you to feel left out. Hahaha

Ann- some days I need a big dose of new perspective

RNSANE said...

Such beautiful scenery. Makes me want to take a drive to Lake Tahoe in the Sierras, about four hours from here. I should have gone after my Christmas visit to my son and daughter-in-law. It's just two hours from their house.

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