Cold, gray, windy morning ( we got some sun by the time we were on the trails) . I didn't feel like a long drive and we hadn't been here in awhile. Kelley was up for anything outside as yesterday was snow ( melting) and then rain most of the day.
Our plan was to do the short canoe launch trail first. At the start of it was a hunter sitting on a camp stool looking down the trail. He said he had seen deer cross the trail in the past. When he saw we wanted to use the trail he left, saying he didn't want to shoot us. We didn't get far on the trail. When I stepped on the third section of bog bridge I found it was actually floating and it sank to the point I was in water over the top of my boot- cold water. We turned back. I felt bad that we had messed things up for the hunter and then weren't even able to use the trail.
We had seen a sign by the parking about a closed trail ( posted above) and there was another at the start of the trail
but we decided to see how bad it was and proceeded to the closed area
bad enough to turn back and go to the bypass trail to begin our hike and were soon on better footing.
Our route is indicated on the map above. The trails are mostly through fairly dense woods, sometimes coming near ponds.
We found the beaver pond more interesting- for Kelley it was easier access.
The dam end
and a pano - click for the big picture
Kelley didn't mind the vegetation
one last shot of the beaver pond
Another pond which is not named on the map
and one leaf
A good two hour hike. Kelley was really happy to be out in the woods. I still felt bad about the nice hunter.
Picture from previous winter for Linda