Trail Time

The arrival of fall brings a touch of melancholy – we hardly had summer, I’m not ready for the cold, and I’m going to miss the long days – but it also brings the blessing of fewer biting bugs, which means more trail time.

dog watching

Last weekend we had Tony’s entire family stay with us. Okay, not his entire family, but his grandparents, mom, niece, aunt, and cousin. Before that – last time we chatted – we had visited the Sand Lakes. Last time we were there was in May; the place looks remarkably different now.

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Sand Lakes marl pano

Sand Lakes - clear water and marl

Note the swimming pine trees and soggy trails. If you click for a larger view, you can see minnows schooling on the formerly dry path.

Even with all the rain (I tried to track down the numbers…to no avail. If you know of a reliable resource, please share ๐Ÿ™‚ ), the high ground stays pretty dry. This means places like Hickory Meadows in Traverse City are open for a visit after dinner. Or before. Cooler temps make it pleasant just about any time with the right layers.

And tonight we even ventured back into the Skegemog Swamp. Last time – in June? – we high-tailed it outta there because of marauding mosquitoes. Tonight only a couple chased and chewed.

We made it most of the way to the viewing platform before abandoning the trek. Excess water builds up in the wetlands, too, overtaking the boardwalk. :-/

Petey looks for whatever’s making the squishing sound each time we step

Happy to have made it as far as we did, we turned around with no complaints. Except maybe one: Where’s my apple cider? ๐Ÿ˜‰

{Unrelated} – Petey at “camp,” because I’ve been promising Graham I’d share the love. ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 thoughts on “Trail Time

    • I had to share those benches with a reader friend. She loved them!
      Petey really is a jolly fellow. Though I must say, it’d be hard not to be with his set-up. Good long walks in the morning, peanut butter oatmeal for breakfast. Mom & Dad work from home. Play time and more walks in the evening. Two cats who don’t quite hate him. He’s got it made ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Katie and I were in the woods last weekend and it was lovely…only a couple mosquitoes!! I’ll have company for one night next weekend, with her dog and I hope we can get back out into the woods again. It’s so wonderful this time of year! Petey is wonderful!

    • I think it’s so cool that you got to meet another blogging buddy. If you’re in the area any time again, you should give us a shout! We’ll have to tone Petey down (he’s well socialized, but he plays like a rough-and-tumble boy for sure) to meet Princess Katie.
      Enjoy your UP time!

    • So ironic that you say that – Tony and I literally had a conversation about socialist precipitation just the other day.
      The lady who runs Petey’s day camp/boarding facility says “Petey’s life is better than Disneyland – just ask him!” Smiley little guy.

    • Another fan of read leaves? My mom is partial to the oranges – and I certainly find them beautiful, too, but I am really draws to the vivid scarlets.
      Leaving the discussion of the meaning of Thanksgiving aside – I’m a pumpkin girl. It’s okay with me for people to start cooking with pumpkin in August!

  2. That last picture is simply priceless! (The others are, too, of course.) Isn’t it fabulous weather now? How are we getting so lucky? The last day of deep Indian Summer for a while, mayhaps.

    • He has such a huge smile – I think it helps distract from what a gaping maw he has ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Ugh – we really did have some great weather. Sigh. I’ll miss it. I’m not sure we’re going to see 60 again this year…

    • I’m glad you’re here, Jodie ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading/looking!
      Olive oil, huh? We use a lemon eucalyptus spray that does well, but I’ll keep the olive oil trick tucked away.

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