Saturday, April 27, 2013
DD and I planed to hike in the marsh early this morning, after sunrise, so we rose early, had an energy bar, headed to the beach!
Today is Arbor Day so we got there ahead of the crowds, but in tandem with the Arbor Day Foundation traveling museum. We hiked , did not see any beaver, only a frog , about a dozen Golden retrievers being walked and some various birds. One thing I did discover though, was that the critter we saw LAST weekend was not a river otter, but a MINK! A mink is only about 12 inches in length in MIchigan, but the river otter grows between 37"-47" in length. THey have darker coat, but the body shape and tail are almost identical.
We returned , after two hours of hiking, to talk to park rangers and Arbor Foundation workers, got two pine seedlings and left for home.
I would guesstimate we did over 10,000 steps and we are whipped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The marsh alone was many miles, ,,
I decided it was going to be 73 degrees, too nice to be indoors cleaning as usual, so we changed our clothes, headed north. We went to a big red barn called "Treasures Forever" on US 23 near AuGres,MI . My cousin's stepdaughter owns it. It has three floors of beautiful hand made Amish furniture, Boyd's Bears, candles, , handmade rugs,etc.. Even has a chocolate room with fudge, any hand made chocolate you can dream of!!
My cousin Sharoyn has been promising to drive us up there someday: for the past five years.. so we just did it.
We left there and headed west to West Branch,MI. Visited the old dam house that my parents used to own, had a dam over the lake which is fed by the Rifle river. The editor and three journalists from the Flint Journal, in Flint, MI bought it and as a group named the property the "Dam Club". We had dinner in a ma and pa diner, headed home,, We did see two large does on the side of the expressway about two miles outside of town, two feet from the road when we drove by.
Everybody in MIchigan knows enough to heed brake lights ahead of you, since that is a sign of deer , bear, elk, moose, or is some cases, stupid tourists!