It wasn't warm enough to do more blaze painting today, but I wanted to go out on the trail anyway, so I connected to the piece I did the other day that is south of me.
This section includes a little ephemeral pond and stream. This often dries up completely in August and September, but when there is water it's one of my favorite little "secret" places.
I got a couple of nifty ice pictures near the bridge that crosses the feeder stream for this pond.
South of there is a hemlock swamp. I really love hemlock forests.
And a tiny creek that is also seasonal, but right now it even has a baby waterfall.
Turkeytail fungus- one never knows just what it will look like. Always rippled bands of earthy colors, though.
Spring is trying hard to pop. Trailing arbutus is in bud! Just give it a few days of sun.
It was chilly but OK for fast walking. I met a young couple from Ludington out for a walk with their dog. They had never been there before. "This is beautiful," the guy said. Yup. (Despite the fact that a lot of spring cleanup is needed on that section.)
Total out and back, 9 miles. Hike 100 Challenge 2020 is at 50 miles.
In other news: I worked on The Lonely Donkey in the morning.
North Country Trail, Lake County, MI, 56th St south 4.5 miles and back
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