Friday and Saturday: March 28-29, 2019
Five Mile Road in Newaygo County to Cleveland Drive Just North of Nichols Lake
Total miles: On the trail total mileage was 12.8 miles.
I walk the roads of Greater Grand Rapids, rain or shine, hot or cold, sunny or
Newaygo County is full of small lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Since 1850 over fifty percent of all the wetlands in North American have been filled in. The wetlands act
It was cool and cloudy. The temperature was 42 during the day, dropped to freezing at night. There was no bright shining sun. No buds were popping out and yet, one could feel the anticipation of warmer weather. Spring was not quite there yet. Winter was holding on for dear life but knew it was all over.
I heard no birds tweeting or singing. Several chipmunks and black squirrels exposed themselves briefly wondering who might be hiking at this time of year. As Jeff drove off to find where the trail intersected a road several miles ahead, I walked west on Eleven Mile heading in the wrong direction. I was a good mile down the road before acknowledging my error. Maps are supposed to help navigate. In my case, they seem to tell me when I am wrong.
We made camp about 7:30 camping in the Benton Lake National Forest campground. We build a huge fire, cooked a meal, and put up our tents in the dark. It was black as coal outside the perimeter of our fire pit. We could see the towering leafless Red and White Oaks soliloquized against the dark sky. We felt alone, vulnerable, content as we crawled into our sleeping bags protected against the cold and pelting rain during the night. I loved it.