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Thursday, March 19, 2020

I've Got the Hiking Itch

 
No, that's not hiker's itch, it's HIKING ITCH. You know, that insatiable desire to go out and walk, preferably on my favorite North Country Trail. So, that's just what I did. I went in the morning before it was supposed to rain.

This is Jenks Creek. There's plenty of water in it in the spring, and without all the understory, you can really see how it wanders through the landscape.

Jenks Creek

I loved this landscape. The entire thing is on one side of a fallen tree, but couldn't you just go exploring there if you were small?

moss

Connected with Sterling Marsh where I was a few days ago. The ice is all gone. See that line in the water far out there?

Sterling Marsh

There are ducks making that line in the water. I shot a couple of pictures, but couldn't see what they were until I got them on the computer. Ring-neck Ducks! This is a male.

Ring-neck duck male

This picture isn't as good, but there is a female with them, so I'll show you.

Ring-neck ducks

And a little Brown Creeper working its way up a tree. They can walk down headfirst!

brown creeper

The world is still very brown and gray, but it's beginning to liven up a little bit. Today warmed up very nicely- into the 50s. And the rain didn't show up until later than expected, so I could have gone and painted blazes, but I didn't know that ahead of time. Supposed to get cold again tomorrow.

Hike 100 Challenge 2020 is at 41 miles.

North Country Trail, Lake County, MI, Jenks Rd parking to north of 76th St and back. 5+ miles

In other news: I got groceries, and didn't have any trouble finding what I needed.

See Rediscovering Jenks Creek

3 comments:

Ann said...

Nice to get out there and get away from it all

Secondary Roads said...

'Twas a very achy day for me. I usually revel in just staying home. Now that I'm supposed to do that, the joy of it is gone. Sure enjoy seeing your pix from out on the trail.

Lin said...

Ah, nature saves the day! We are getting out on our local trail as it feels good to breathe fresh air and MOVE a bit. I enjoyed your photos today.

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