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Saturday, September 26, 2015

9/25/15 Branch Lake Public Forest


Much cooler - 50's on the hike but 40's when we got up. A new one for us. Had seen the sign for this palace on our drives toward Ellsworth but got more info and decided to check it out.

You take this tote road from the parking lot to the trailheads.


Before we even got to the Lake loop Trail, Kelley found a tiny stream.


And I found an interesting plant



When we got to the lake the shore had woods and lots of boulders and rocks which prevented Kelley from getting in.








We continued on looking for a good spot for Kelley


Which we found








We completed the loop and then took the Brookside trail

Signs of fall





Back at the lake



Unneeded bog bridge, as the woods were not wet


We headed back and I thought we would leave the Marsh Trail for another day but Kelley wanted to do it and we did. Perhaps she smelled water but when we got to the end we had to bushwhack to get to the actual marsh and there was no water.


Back near the parking lot, I found a wasp at work


A pretty nice hike - comfortable temps, water, and all new. We went longer than I wanted for Kelley but she seemed fine throughout. 2  3/4 hours.

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    1. Thanks Linda- surprised they are still about .

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  2. Nice to explore new areas...and for you and Kelley they are getting harder and harder to find...

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    1. Yes it is nice to find a new spot- and we have done most places within a reasonable driving distance

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