Highbanks Hike in February

Who knew in February that I could get a walk in 75 degree weather!  We went to a park called the Highbanks which is on the north side of Columbus, Ohio and had a great walk with myself, Lia and my granddaughter Emma leading the way.  There were many trails to explore and we took the overlook trail.  Will have to hit some of the longer trails on another day.  Here are a few pics of our walk, which I am sure will be much prettier once the leaves and foliage turn green.

Highbanks Sign
Information Sign
Highbanks Lia and Emma
Off on our journey
Highbanks View
A view along the way
Highbanks Emma
Emma getting a view of an occupied Bald Eagle nest
Highbanks Overlook
A view from the overlook

Hike with Brian & Sam – Dec 2017

Final hike of the year with Brian and Sam to see their deer hunting location north of Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Off we go on our hike after parking the truck.  Beautiful chilly day with a hike that was about 3.5 miles long.


Sign with information about the land we took the hike on.


The view looking south from their hunting spot.  I see at least one wild animal.


The view looking west with Sam keeping watch for the all elusive squirrels.


For-Mar Nature Preserve

Made a short visit to For-Mar Nature Preserve in Genesee County.  Had a nice walk of about 4 miles, even though a third of the trails were not accessible due to construction.  And I was able to visit the barriers free tree house that was featured on the “Treehouse Masters” TV show back in January of this year. Not to mention a sighting of a wolverine and some OSU fans.

Pine Haven Recreation Area 2017-05-13

Good hiking trail especially with the great weather today.  Only about 30 minutes from Bay City just west of Sanford Lake.  The Salt River is one boundary and the Mud Creek runs through the area also, which gives it some elevation changes.  Lots of standing water in some areas with mosquito’s out in deadly force already.

I saw two pileated wood peckers and a large eastern garter snake.  Only ran into one other person on my approximate 4 mile hike.  There were three levels of trails marked out and I took the most difficult of course.  But this is Michigan and not the Appalachian mountains.  Some of the trails were designed more for mountain bikes than for walking, which I think is it’s main attraction.

Here’s a few pics of the trail.

Trail Map
Mud Creek
Mud Creek
Salt River
Salt River
Wet Trail
Mosquito’s Attack!
Eastern Garter Snake
Nice Trail

Green Pine Lake Pathway – 2017-03-29

Went on my first hike of 2017 (at least on a new trail) at Green Pine Lake Pathway, about 15 miles NW of Clare on M-115.  Only did a small portion of the trail and it was different with no leaves on the trees and a bit tricky with the water hazards in a few areas.  Plus a portion of the trail was being clear cut for the timber.  It was a beautiful day for a hike though with sun and temperatures in the upper forties.

In a one area I had to walk over what looked like a beaver dam and a few other areas I had to find my own route around the water covered areas and get back to the trail.  This looked like it would be beautiful in the fall with the colors.  There are also a lot of other trails that I did not go on, but I am not in quite the condition needed for that long a hike.  Maybe this fall.

Here a just a few pictures:


Iargo Springs – 10/28/2016

A quick day trip up to the AuSable river to Iargo Springs.  This is a trail head for a 7 mile trail along the river, which we did not do, and also a boardwalk with 300 steps to get down to the back waters of the river, with plenty of natural springs at the bottom.  We were about 1 week late for the best fall color, but it was a beautiful day nonetheless for myself, Mary and Alex Chevalier.iargo-signiargo-sign2springstairsviewattopwe-made-itdsc00898

Wakeley Lake – 10/8/2016

This is a beautiful lake located on the north side of M-72 a few miles east of Grayling.  The only access is by foot (no vehicles or motor boats) and all the trails and the lake are on national forest land.  I was there on a Saturday and only met one other person during the whole time, which was a hike that ended up around 7 miles.  You can go around the lake in about 4 miles, but if you take some of the other trails and then get a little confused, well, it gets a little longer.