Went out today to Big Falls along the East Branch Huron River. I’ve been here many times, but each time is a little different. One time there was even a tree lying the middle of the left fall. Somewhere between 20 – 25 years ago I found this waterfall completely by accident out two-tracking, then quite a few years later I went hunting for it without success. A few more years passed and bingo, found it again. Now that I live UP here, I frequent these falls at least once a year, if not more. After taking photos down in the usual spot, I decided to hike up river a ways. Wow, it’s beautiful just above the falls, but very difficult to get down to the rivers edge, which I didn’t, or couldn’t, do today. The bank down is steeper and maybe longer than the normal photo area. I did make it to the bank a little further up river, but it’s not as nice, not as rugged. Ah well, maybe next time.
After spending some time at the falls, I headed back to Black Creek Rd. and turned south knowing that eventually I would come out on Ravine River Rd. Well, that didn’t work out so well…I got lost. I made a turn that made a loop around and back to Black Creek Rd. Well in taking that loop, it bypassed the turn on Black Creek Rd. that needed to be taken, and that’s where I got lost, either finding a dead end or trails that looked mighty muddy and I wasn’t into getting covered in mud again, not this time. So, I ended up back-tracking and that’s when I saw the turn I missed by taking the detour loop.
Made it back to town, got a Jeep wash and went to Shopko for some curtains and a couple hanging plants, then home.
Big Falls – Right Side/Fall
Big Falls – Left Side/Fall
Right side of Big Falls with sun streaks from about half-way up the cliff that must be climbed down, then back up.
East Branch Huron River Just Below Big Falls
Nope, not much done today, too tired, didn’t get much sleep. Last night I covered the morning glories with plastic because it was going to get colder than 32°F, and it’s damn good thing I did, as it got down to 28°F. They all seem to look fine today, so I’m thinking that they have gotten over the transplant shock and made it through their first cold night.
Today I did spray around a bit with bug Tick killer. The dump trailer got hauled away, but I have to stop in there tomorrow to pay for the weight, fuck I hope it’s not too much.
The only other thing I did was hang a sign on the barn, a Big Foot Crossing sign. For a couple years now I couldn’t make up my mind where to put it, so today I said the hell with it, and put it on the barn. Ignore the busted ramp, I’ll probably just remove it, I have the back door working now.
Just a couple different types of Crocus.
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.