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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Promenade at Pentwater Pathway

Had an easy work week with cases, and found myself near Pentwater Pathway when I finished. Time for a hike!

Pentwater Pathway

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!

Pentwater Pathway

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.

Pentwater Pathway

Witch hazel in bloom... a subtle addition to fall beauty.

witch hazel

I walked the entire outer edge of all the loops, for a total of just over six miles.

Pentwater Pathway

I liked how this tree dealt with a horizontal wound some time in the past. Grow teeth!

tree bark pattern

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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Ann said...

looks like a very nice trail to hike. I always find it amazing how trees can survive some damage and continue to grow in the most unique ways

Secondary Roads said...

We've had great weather this December for such activities.

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