Today, I'll just share some pretty pictures from my two-day hike from Ottawa Sands, through Ottawa Dunes, into P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and back. Tomorrow, more of the low-down.
Part of the trail is along the Lake Michigan shore. You can still do it in this year of high water, but you'll get wet feet. This was the only section of trail of any length I had to repeat, and it was quiet and beautiful this morning with the waves making bargello patterns on the sand.
I expected a lot of the hike to be hot and passing through openings like this. It turned out that most of it is forested and shady, but this was a pretty space. Still, I'm glad very little was open and sunny.
Grasshopper tracks on the sand.
One bright leaf that decided to leave the summer scene way early.
A tiger beetle.
And a many-branched beech tree. I just liked the rhythm of the trunks.
I have a ticket for a play tonight, so wanted to post this before I leave. I'll do a serious post about what the hike and the trails were like tomorrow. Gotta scoot!
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