And the real surprise? This is north of me, and yet the wildflowers seem to be ahead of what I see right near home. Well, we are not going to complain!
Common Blue Violet (but a very pale one)
Shadbush looking like sparkles against the blue water.
And the trilliums are just beginning. This one was the most open that we saw.
But soon, there will be a white carpet- lots of buds!
The shadows were starting to fall as we finished. See link below for this same view in winter. We also saw Toothwort in bud and a couple other sedges, but pictures aren't very good.
We went to Porcupine Junction (a trail crossing) and turned around, for a total of 6 miles.
What a great hike! This route never disappoints, but so much nicer with blue sky and water.
North Country Trail miles so far in 2021 is 226.
North Country Trail, Wexford County, MI, Hodenpyl Dam east along the pond and back for a total of 6 miles
In other news: We totally goofed off. We played our game, and did a little sightseeing on the way home from the hike.
|See Hodenpyl Dam Pond in Winter|