Had to get gas today, and decided to go a little farther and take a walk at Scottville Riverside Park. This used to be one of my favorite short walks near home, but the city has defintely abandoned the trail. I wasn't sure I'd get very far, but the view of the Pere Marquette River from the parking lot is always pretty.
I looked to see if you could get across to the trail, where the water is often too deep, but it was passable, so I kept going.
The best finds were interesting bits of ice. This one, with the help of its reflection, looks like a large water strider leaping to escape.
A translucent topographic map.
Reflections are always worth a second look.
And my favorite, a display of crystal chimes waiting for the river to play a tune.
Want to see that closer?
I was able to follow the river to the place where there is no longer a bridge. But the water must be low. I was able to get across the swampy area and climb around above the drainage creek. I tried to follow the rest of the trail "backwards," but encountered a really messy downed tree across another bridge. I guess even that section isn't being maintained at all. The city put in a disc golf course, and no longer does anything with the trail. Makes me sad, but then again, I haven't run to town to volunteer to do the maintenance.
So I took one of the service roads back through the Old Engine Club grounds, and returned to my car. A nice walk. Since the "trail" is very much over-run by poison ivy in the summer, this was a good time of year to check it out.
In other news: I repotted a plant and wrote two chapters. OK, the second one is not quite done, but I will finish it before I let myself read.
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