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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's a Long Shot

 
Today was a work day, kind of gray, a little hazy. But I like these two long views.

First is Portage Lake, near Onekama. However, this view is one I've never seen before, because it's from a hill above the southeast corner of the lake. You can see the Lake Michigan outlet in the distance. Everything is foreshortened because of the distance. Portage Lake is about three miles long. This is actually a great viewpoint, because you can see most of the lake from one place.

Portage Lake

I've showed you this next view before, at the end of a summer. See More Vistas. However, tonight I looked up a little bit about what we are seeing. This is on 9-Mile Road, looking east from a ridge near Elm Road. The farthest ridge of light blue hills is Briar Hills. It's on the far side of the Manistee River. My Manistee National Forest map says there are two Non-Motorized Semi-Primitive Areas there. I'll have to check those out one of these days. New trails?

The next closest ridge, in a deeper blue, is on the west side of the river. The high area on the right is the general location of the high point of Manistee County. I haven't been to that one yet, but winter would be a good time to do it because it's wooded, and you probably can't see anything from it in the summer.

view from 9-Mile Road

We are supposed to start getting snow tomorrow. We are on the line as to getting just some, or something decent. Stay tuned.

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5 comments:

vanilla said...

I do have to say Michigan has some wonderful vistas.

"some of something decent" A phrase which, when applied to snowfall, would mean something totally different in your lexicon as compared to mine! May you have happy results, in any event.

vanilla said...

I do have to say Michigan has some wonderful vistas.

"some of something decent" A phrase which, when applied to snowfall, would mean something totally different in your lexicon as compared to mine! May you have happy results, in any event.

Secondary Roads said...

Lovely scenes of great beauty and a further reminder of the glory of my native state. Rain started over night and the pre-dawn period was marked by heavy rain and strong wind gusts. I'm just glad this hasn't been snow.

Ann said...

both are wonderful views. We are expecting snow starting tomorrow morning. Could be in for some nasty driving conditions.

Sharkbytes said...

vanilla- I don't think today's weather would please either one of us

Chuck- I'll let you have the rain. Although rain would be better than this current mess!

Ann- I know just west of here was awful. We have friends driving to MN, and they stopped in WI for the night.

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