Was a nice day for a hike in one of my favorite areas, the Slate River near Quartzite Falls and a number of other falls up stream, including one of my favorite spots of all, Grand Staircase Falls.
I drove up Arvon Rd. to All Wood Rd, crossed the bridge and parked. I started off checking out Quartzite Falls, but it was still mostly frozen over still, so I hiked back up to the road and started heading up stream, this was my original plan anyway.
I followed a deer path knowing it would be packed down. Every time I happen to step off that path, I sank in the snow past my knee. Then as I rounded a bend in the river, there it was, my spot, Grand Staircase Falls. Took off my gear, took some photos and just relaxed.
Grand Staircase Falls – Slate River
Quartzite Falls is still mostly frozen over
Along the Slate River
My Hiking Path along the Slate River
Roads can be muddy this time of year
Today, finally today I was able to get out for a hike. It was oh so needed. I headed out to hike along the Slate River near Black Slate Falls and Quartzite Falls, but the river was still mostly iced over. Big disappointment. So, I headed up to the Huron River near Big Erick’s Falls.
I parked Hank (the Jeep) and started walking down river, stopping many times for photos in the usual spots, only this time I was able to walk out on the snow/ice a bit toward the middle of the river. That was pretty cool.
The temp was about 40°F, so I didn’t want to stop yet, as my plan was to hike a bit, so I carried on. There was a path to follow on top of the snow, yes on top, no sinking in. I followed the path stopping here and there for another photo or just to take it in. I hiked for about 2 miles down river until my foot was hurting too much and it looked like I might be heading into the thick, so I turned around and headed back.
All in all, was a nice hike and it sure is great to be out on the rivers and woods again.
Big Erick’s Bridge over the Huron River
Huron River hike path – Google Earth map.
He’s back! I haven’t seen our local wolf since last fall, but just as I was passing by the picture window I saw the dirty dozen (the deer that live on the property) running off towards the back. I looked out the window thinking something just have either spooked them or was chasing them, and sure enough, there he was, Mr’ Wolfie. He gave up on the deer, stood out in the apples trees for a couple minutes, then walked off into the pines. When there isn’t snow on the ground, I keep a trail cam back in a small open area next to the pines, and that’s where I see him most.
We believe he is a coywolf, a cross breed of wolf and coyote.
Here is a video of Mr. Wolfie from last summer.
Went out to see if any rivers or waterfalls had opened up yet…no dice, so I just drove on…
Not much else to say, just another day breathing.
Silver Rd., almost to Huron Bay-Peshekee Grade.
Old Tree Roots