Made a trip, with Mary Martini, to Hartwick Pines for the first time since I was still in grade school I believe. There was a big tree that I remember being gigantic, which is now only a stump about 30 feet high, after a wind storm knocked the top half off.
We ended up walking over 7 miles by the end of the day, taking a long hike on the Ausable River trail. The highlight of the walk was a close encounter with a black bear which unfortunately ran away before we could get a picture (or maybe I should say fortunately).
Mary pondering the tall trees
Old Growth Eastern Hemlock
Chapel in the Pines
This was not a trip that was for fun. I flew out Tuesday (4/12 – 36th wedding anniversary!) and David met me out there on Wednesday (4/13) We spent the week visiting Uncle Huddie in the nursing home and giving Aunt Zoe a break from being there all day every day. I figured out too late that I did not take any pictures of either of them.
But Palm Springs is beautiful. Stepping off the plane and you already knew you were not in Bay City anymore.
David and I got a chance to take a tram up to the top of Mount San Jacinto (climbed 6000 feet in 10 minutes) and took a hike at the top.
Saw a road runner and had a German pancake for breakfast at Elmers.
Today Brian and I had a great hike through some great trails in an area called “Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick”. We did about 4 miles with lots of climbing, including 66 feet straight up the observation tower. The whole site is 1100 acres with over 14 miles of trails with numerous boulder climbing areas. An awesome place for a good hike and heart exercise.
We also stopped at an area near where Brian and Sammy hunt with a rock they call Dinosaur Rock. The picture I included has “Jaida” spray painted on so it seems Eric and Amy must have already been here.
Tomorrow I head to Ohio and then Saturday back home. The long journey is coming to an end.
Sunday walk after a good service at Church at Charlotte and lunch at Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe. About a 4 mile walk total in beautiful sunny weather and 65 degrees (in February!).
Had a great Saturday shopping and eating some delicious french toast concoction Stephanie whipped up with the slow cooker. Just good to visit with these two for a bit since I only see them about twice a year.
Tomorrow morning I head out to Salem Virginia to spend the night with Steven’s parents and then Tuesday head to Brian & Amy’s.
Located about 6 miles south of Prudenville on Reserve Rd.
Out in the middle of no where. Very quiet and peaceful.
Lots of mushrooms and thankfully I came after the mosquito’s.
A few pictures of my short hike on 6/27/15 along the Sandy Hook Nature Trail, along a peninsula at the Tawas State Park.