Had an easy work week with cases, and found myself near Pentwater Pathway when I finished. Time for a hike!
The primary purpose of these trails is for cross-country ski loops. They are great to walk when there's not snow. A volunteer group, Oceana Cross Country Ski Association, keeps the trails cleared, and they do the grooming in winter. Here's a big job you can thank them for!
The temperature was perfect at about 47 degrees, and the sun even came out from time to time. I liked how it highlighted this dead pine.
Witch hazel in bloom... a subtle addition to fall beauty.
I walked the entire outer edge of all the loops, for a total of just over six miles.
I liked how this tree dealt with a horizontal wound some time in the past. Grow teeth!
Saw chickadees, crows and a white-breasted nuthatch. Also a gray squirrel. Other than that, it was pretty quiet.
Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer! But I have things to do at home in the afternoon. That's OK, this was a great spontaneous hike.
|See Pentwater Pathway, Sept 2013|
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