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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hike at Ludington State Park
Today was the monthly hike for the Spirit of the Woods trail club. But Ellen and I were the only ones who showed up. So it was another episode in the Joan and Ellen Adventure Club. We think that people didn't come because the snow wasn't good for either skiing or snowshoeing. We had a little thaw yesterday, followed by freezing that put a nasty crust on the little snow we had. Ellen and I just switched to boots and hiked. It was fine! We started by hiking out on the Ridge Trail
Then we used the Lighthouse Trail to cut west to the Logging Trail. In the 1930s, the CCC built quite a few of these wonderful stone shelters in the park. There are three of them left, and we visited two of them today.
We turned north on the Logging Trail, and reached another shelter- that I apparently didn't take a long shot of. It's hexagonal, and has been extensively repaired/rebuilt.
We didn't feel like going back to the car yet, so we went farther north and back east again to the Ridge Trail, and the Lighthouse Trail. There we turned east, and went through a valley I'll show you tomorrow. This led to the Lost Lake Trail, and we connected with the Coast Guard Trail, which went back west to the Logging Trail again, and then back to the cars. We hiked for 2 1/2 hours- it seemed just right!
I know those trail names don't really tell you much, but I just wanted to show that we took a delightfully mixed up kind of walk, which one can do at Ludington State Park. In the summer it's packed with people. Today, we only saw two other hikers- perfect.
Ellen snapped one of the best pictures taken of me in recent times. When we get to this age, any time a really good picture happens by mistake, it must be applauded!
I have some other things to show you from the park, but I'll use them during the week ahead. Hope you had a great day, too! Big storm predicted here for tomorrow.