Tuesday, June 6, 2017

More NCT fun!

Today, the pack headed out to my favorite Gardner Rd. trail head of the NCT, to do more work clearing our section.
Hey!  Are we headed back to Gardner RD??  Don't leave me!

Oh good, we're back to our Gardner Rd "camping area"!
They decided to clean up the parking lot of weeds.
OK, let's get to work.

Then they put up more signage to mark the re-route.

Lookin' good!
The beavers on Tank creek really got it flooded good.

Next we knocked the weeds down.
 This is the abandoned dam that hikers will now take to cross Tank Creek.

This is the siring we use to cut the serious weeds with.

Can you see anything in this photo?

This is the same one, up close.  A fawn!

A bit later, they had a sandwich. I had lame kibble.

The trusty pole saw at work.

Arly cleaned up a spot for a blaze.

The dust sprays as Arly carefully relieves the pressure on this pinned down tree.

There were a few down trees to splice.

All in all, another great day to be out!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Beaver reroute adventures!

A family of Beavers on our section of the North Country Trail migrated down Tank creek a bit, built new dams, and flooded a bridge that hikers should be using.   Oh well.  So we spent Sunday cutting a "go around" trail.
I love the NCT on Gardner RD! 
I'll rub my nose in pine needle as soon as we arrive!

Now let's go!

After hours of searching for a good route, we finally get to work.

This is the descent to Tank Creek.  It was HOT out today.

This is the west side of the creek and
we just put a sign up.  Oh ya, I can't read.

And the same thing on the east side near Gardner RD.
This is very near the parking lot.

It's been a long, hot day and we are ready to quit. 
Can we go to Rousseau and eat??

We did!  This place is trail mutt approved!

I even have a 4 legged pal here.  Rocco!

It's never far to the Rousseau Bar!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rhubarb! Come and get some.

My pack has an overabundance of rhubarb here.   Would you like some?

We got so much, I can hunt amongist it.

Not all of it, is seen here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Recent adventures

I have been around some, so here is some recent outings I've done over the past few weeks.
I have been to Good Shepard church.

You know I love kids!  I just don't get to see many of them.

Oh and the big kids I love to.

I've also been on the trails, supervising work.

I told Arly to move markers off from here.

It been a wet spring so lots of trenched is done..

And trail work has been happening in general.

I love being out with trail crews.   They are sooooo friendly.

I'll see if Sarah might even give me a snack.

Oh ya Kieth.  Did you know I'm more of a lap dog?

Ya Jason, you can rub me some to.

Are we going to see you out with us?   Hope so!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

NCT trail check!

Every spring, before the bugs come out and the heat turns on, we head to our section of the North Country Trail and clear it.  Today we hiked it just to investigate its condition and a trail mutt like me, loves the chance  to run on it some.
I was so happy to get out AND be at our favorite camp site on Gardner RD,
I had to roll in the pine needles.

OK lets get a going.  We are hiking west and 10 miles south of Mass City MI.

This way!
Oh, oh, tank creek is sure up!

Seems a family of beavers have moved in!

Back on the trail, they've been using it to skid logs to the creek.

Hunting is always the best here!

But that made me hungry and I asked for my kibble.

At our favorite take-a-rest spot.

It was wet, but not as bad as we thought it may be.

A hiker and dog had recently passed.  Maybe a thru hiker?

Oh good, there is plenty of water in the creeks.
Labradors and marsh marigolds just go together.

It really is spring here.  More so than at my home.

The descent to the Middle Branch has really eroded over the years.

Made it!

New bear gnawings were seen on the bridge.

How could this possibly taste good?

OK, let's head back!

Water's back down from spring melt-off.
Here's where this eroded trail will be re-routed. It's high, and dry!  We hike it back out.

A few trilliums were up.

Oh, Darling Creek is a great cooling spot.

My pack cleared this a couple years ago when the alder's had made it impassable.
Stil Lookin' good yet!
Funny because someone told us it would grow right back

I found another good cooling spot.

The trail's kinda wet, as we guessed it would be.


This 2-track is in rough shape.
The tadpoles will be happy to know, we won't be driving in on it soon!