Huron River Hike

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

Huron River

Huron River

Huron River

Huron River hike path – Google Earth map.

Young Buck

This little guy came up pretty close to my front door yesterday. He was eating some of the old rose hips on the bushes along the entry walk. I’ve been seeing him alone lately, so I wonder if he lost his mother.

Mr. Wolfie

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.

New Phone

Yes, I have a new cellphone, a Samsung Note 8, and it’s Sweet! With the new phone, I can now have a proper UP number with a 906 area code. I’ve had a Note 4 for quite some time now through work, it’s a great phone, but it was time for a new one, and thanks to some circumstances, that I wont go into, I have this new Note 8. The 8 is quite a bit different from the 4, but so far all in a good way. I need to get a good case for it, but I have one picked out so next week maybe. Thank you, I love it.

Barred Owl

Just had a new visitor stop by, a Barred Owl. He/she landed in the closest apple tree right by my bird feeders. I had to keep making lots of noise so he would look in my direction.
Funny, all the deer heard my voice and came running. Also, the Chickadees didn’t seem to mind there was an owl in one of their trees.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl