Someone else had been hiking in the woods too. We didn't see them walking, but did see and hear them flying away. It was a pair of sandhill cranes- they seem to show up this time of year. The crane tracks don't have a long rear toe the way heron tracks do, and the three toes spread evenly in front.
Where were we hiking to? First we explored a really old road for about 1/2 mile- it's not even a 2-track any more, just a foot trail. That's were we found the tracks. Then we hiked to:
Cooper Creek! Yup... I'm fixated on working out a route for this Adventure Loop. Ellen and I did the first hike all the way from Lake Michigan to Forest Trail, by "my" route. I had an alpha version of the guidebook printed out, and she tested it by being the "guide," to see if it was clear. Just needs a few tweaks. I'm pretty excited! We ate lunch sitting on the bridge I showed you on Thursday.
The sky started to clear, and although it remained a bit hazy, we got some blue sky and sun!
Then we went back to get the first car, but we couldn't bear to go home yet. So we climbed up to the north overlook platform at the Lake Michigan Recreation Area. The stairs climb to the top of the highest dune. A hazy, but wonderful view of the big lake.
And if you turn to the south, you can see the end of Big Sable Point sticking out into the lake, about five miles to the south.
Yes, this is the point where the Big Sable Light is located. Can you find it?
Yup, it's tucked into the angle where the lower land seems to join the hill. Even with the haze, you can still see its distinctive black and white stripes. Of course, it looks so far from the water because of our viewpoint. It's very close to the water, actually, but on the south side of the point.
After returning to the parking lot, we couldn't bear to leave, even then. So we walked another 1.5 miles on the Porter Creek Trail. By this time it was nearly 4:00 in the afternoon! Seriously, though... if the old body would just stand for it, I think I'd start walking and never stop.
It was an AWESOME day.
|See Two Lighthouses and a Trail for a good picture of Big Sable Light |
See Sandhill Crane Family
See Cooper Creek