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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Wagon Road, AKA Bass Lake Blvd.

It was an awesome day. I thought about making this post "An Awesome Four Hours," but there would have been WAY too many pictures. Tomorrow may be more fungus fun. Today, I'll stick to the Wagon Road. This is the old Bass Lake Boulevard, but now it's only a seasonal route. It's the former road into Pentwater.

You've seen this route before, but you'd never know it if you followed the link at the bottom of the post. This time, I started from the south end, beyond where Ellen and I went before, and of course the season was different.

My day started at 2 pm. I managed to sleep really well after work, and that's always a huge plus, meaning that I didn't feel horrible for the rest of the day.

I wanted to be sure I knew how to find the south end of this trail (it's now used mostly by local hikers and walkers), and I did find it. There were some downed trees to get around at that end, but most of the trail was clear.

Pentwater Wagon Road

I discovered really soon that it was easy to be lulled into taking the wrong path and to end up in the cemetery. I'd never been back in this old section with lots of family plots. That would be a neat place to explore.

Pentwater cemetery

But this error was easily corrected. Basically, any time your aren't sure what to do, just stay at the base of the hill, between the hill and a wetland area that borders a small creek (unnamed, or I don't know its name) that flows into Bass Lake.

There were a few mud puddles after the week's rain, but I got around them with dry feet. They made nice mirrors for the trees.


This is by far the best picture of the day. It looks like I did some hi-def playing with it, but this is exactly how it came out of the camera. It was just that kind of afternoon.

Pentwater Wagon Road

For the most part the day was overcast, but just for a minute some blue sky opened up, allowing this picture with strong primary colors.

Pentwater Wagon Road

Even these drying leaves have enough natural oils left to make the remains of last night's rain bead up.

water drops

And as the sun got lower and lower, the views through to the creek became more dramatic. I love shots like this one.

Pentwater Wagon Road

More fooling around on the way home. But I think it's back to bed now for a while. Still, I've become very grateful for any Saturday that I don't feel like... well... you can guess.

See The Wagon Road
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The Furry Gnome said...

A wonderful expedition, and great pix!

rainfield61 said...

The nature changes the colours of her make-up and lipstick.

She looks so beautiful and different.

vanilla said...

Your best picture is fantastic, but so is the "Water Beads on Leaves."

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Ann Thompson said...

what a beautiful day to be out there enjoying it. Love all your pictures especially the one you said was the best picture of the day. Simply beautiful

Small Kucing said...

sure lovely colors

Secondary Roads said...

Awesome shots make for an exciting and satisfying walk with you. Thanks!

RNSANE said...

Spectacular photos, so brilliant and autumnal. Definitely worth a pat on the back! I really enjoyed them.

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