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Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Beautiful Day for a Hike

A group of hikers got together today to do another ten miles toward the Hike 100 Challenge. Thirteen humans and Trixie.

hiker group

We started at Timber Creek at US 10 and headed north.

hiker group

I just hiked this section ten days ago with Annie, but it's looking much greener now. One can almost believe that summer is coming.

The flowers that are out now are completely different. Gaywings, Polygala paucifolia, is always perky. It looks like a little orchid, but it's not at all.


I'm pretty sure I've IDed a new to me fern, Silvery Glade Fern, Athyrium thelypteroides. It was growing in an area that was a tiny bit more damp than most places along the trail.

silvery glade fern

We also saw several instances of the seed pods of last year's Indian pipe, Monotropa uniflora.

indian pipe seed pods
This hike ended at the road just north of McCarthy Lake. That little lake was as lovely as always when it's peaceful. No motors and crazy people there yet. Probably this weekend it will begin.

McCarthy Lake

A wonderful day. The weather was ideal. There weren't too many bugs.

Hike 100 is at 84 miles.

Just did a bunch of odd little tasks when I got home and cleaned up.

North Country Trail, Timber Creek north to 3-Mile Road, Lake County, Michigan, 10 miles

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Ann said...

That's a nice sized group. Love that blue sky in the last picture

Unknown said...

Where abouts in MI is this? I’m from Grand Rapids area