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Saturday, May 14, 2011
SPW Hike Udell Hills
Today was the monthly hike with the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the NCTA. It was combined with the Healthy Active Manistee Festival. We thought there might be quite a few people, and the city even paid for a shuttle bus. But the morning dawned gray and rainy. Loren had called me last night and asked me to be the leader, since she was sick. No problem... I was going anyway.
As it turned out, the two guys only hiked a short distance. Yes, those are Loren's dogs (you've seen them before!) they are begging for a drink from Dave, her husband. He couldn't do a long hike because he just had back surgery, and the other guy didn't have time to stay very long. The view is from the top of a nice hump just off the trail. I know, you can't really see anything much, but there are some hills off there in the mist!
So for most of the hike it was just the other gal and me (and Maggie). She was new, but is pretty excited about the trail, so I hope we see a lot more of her. It was a longish hike for the chapter at just under seven miles. It drizzled just a little bit most of the time, so it wasn't a great day for pictures, but this big rock with lichen and moss was made beautiful by the damp.
Both of us were in the mood for a good hike and walked right along, with only a stop to eat our lunches. We finished the distance in 2 hours 40 minutes (which included the lunch time). The time doesn't matter at all... it wasn't a race. But last fall a group of us hiked this section in the other direction, and it took forever. In fact, we didn't make it as far as we had planned. We were about ready to proclaim this section the "Bermuda Triangle" of our trail section.
But I guess we can't claim anything strange after today. The people who stayed home because of the weather missed a great hike!
Oh, you want to know about that sign? It's on a private road that the trail crosses, and they dress the post for some holidays. I guess Halloween is lasting a long time this year.