Cathy and I took a little hike today. We could have done more miles if we'd stayed closer to home, but I was interested to hear a speaker in Newaygo, and she thought it sounded interesting, so we combined the events.
We drove to Newaygo and hiked about 4 miles on the North Country Trail near Croton Dam, which is at the southern end of the Manistee National Forest.
The trail follows along the Muskegon River for almost a mile. Even though the colors here have been rather muted, it was still beautiful with the light shining through the trees and the river beyond.
This was my favorite. The oaks look so rich even if the colors are not bright.
We hiked about four miles, which gave us time to eat the salads we took with us for dinner and get to the program. The speaker was an author I met two weeks ago, Ron Robotham. He gives a number of programs on West Michigan history.
It was interesting, but it turned out to be even more interesting for Cathy because some of what he talked about meshed with her personal family history and the underground railroad! Small world.
In other news: I actually got the forms filled out and approved so I can stop paying Amazon sales tax on the books of mine that I resell. That's a big deal!
Hike 100 Challenge total inched up to 81 miles.
North Country Trail, north from Croton Dam two miles and back
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