Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sunday's LONG NCT hike

Oh Ya.   On Sunday we did a 12 mile long hike down the North County trail just south of Houghton.
We found out that a few rainy days this week really fill up these little creeks!
We started out on the parking area at the bend of South Laird Road.

This is the start of Segment 36.

It was a good year for growing berries and brush.
This is the trail.

Here we're approaching Boulder Creek.

Hey! A hiker comment box and log.

Our honorable mention from Laura and Chase.
They were both mentioned in earlier adventures.

After finding Silver River running high and wild and no
good tree bridges, we headed back.
Here we're re-crossing Boulder Creek.

It's been a banner season for mushrooms of all shapes, sizes,
and colors.

After getting back to the car, we drove to the trail head on FR 2200.
This is the start of segment 37.

Luckily, there is a reliable crossing of the Sturgeon River!

Overgrowth in the flood plain of the Sturgeon.

We crossed through some areas that had been logged.

Hey! We made it to the segment that we worked
on with the MTU students a few years back.

Hmmm....guess the adopters didn't have loppers
or weed whackers?
We seem many shoots broke over like this,

We hike down the ridge back towards the Sturgeon.

Someone with a bow saw gave up on that one.

All the rivers and creeks today were brown from run-off
and were running high and fast.

Fungus in the trees....

...and on the forest floor. We had such a nice romp today!

Stay tuned!  On Saturday we head to the north shore to see Sandy's folks in Ely and do some hikes up there.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monk's trail hike

On Sunday afternoon with the weather a tad warm, my pack said "we need to get out for a short hike."  We headed up the peninsula to do the monk's trails.
We haven't been here since this spring. 
This is at the parking lot on M586.

I'm glad I didn't have to get too close
to the scary rapids here.

Although, I had to get close to this.
The Jacob's Creek falls are right by M-26.

I love this hike.

There were even friendly hikers out today.

Oh yeah, these girls know how much I love to be touched.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

More NCT clearing done!

With reasonably nice weather over the Holiday weekend, on Saturday morning we headed west to our section of the North County Trail and worked on it a bit.
We had one small portion that needed
 the grass and tree shoots cut down.

Arly was messing with the camera and
bumped its settings. Seems a bit artsy now.
I love this trail.

I was romping through the woods for chipmunks.
 Seems I found some weed seeds.

With no creeks seen today, they brought
 me a water bottle.  Trial mutts do this all the time.

Here Sandy is lopping some; he's not in the
photo, but Arly is freshening the blazes up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NCT Saturday hike

With moderate weather and no rain forecasted on Saturday, my pack headed out to hike a section just east of ours on Gardner RD.  A hiker we met a few weeks ago (two posts earlier) had said many trees had fallen across it so we thought we'd check that out, plus we'd not seen this section before anyway. Maybe they do need to hike more, while doing less trail work?
We parked on FR 1100.

Let's go!

There were several nice creeks on this stretch.

Oh dear, this path was mowed but
kinda narrow...I was engulfed!

There were some nice stretches of cedar and hemlock.

Ahhh, another cooling stop.

Here you can see the bank washed out a tree with an NCT marker.


We checked out FR 884. Today, it is actually the
trail, not a bypass, until the re-route on
 this side of the river is completed.

Someone mowed the road - THANKS!

And we seen someone along the trail! 
Oh and he was friendly too!!

Turns out Brett does contract work for the
Ottawa and knows many of our friends. 
I romped with his friendly pup some

We put up some markers on our way out, to
give hikers confidence they are on the right trail.

We did spy some trees across the trail, but not all that many.

The fungus among us.

We saw just a few paint blazes, but the
trail was very well marked with
plastic blazes of various vintage.
All in all, a great day on the trail!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

cool weather = NCT clearing

Oh ya.   On Friday after Sandy got home from work....
...we packed up and headed to our favorite Gardner Rd camping spot!

It rained some over night.

We don't mind the weather if we have Nueske's bacon.

I didn't get any pancakes, but I did
get to sample some bacon.

Let's go! We hiked out on the grassy 2-track
to finish up the blazing we started last week.

Lookin' good!

I love a picnic. Arly says he remembers
 these from when he was a kid.

Hunting was good, as usual.

I picked up lots of weed seeds again.

Arly wants to make sure hikers know what trail they are on.

Finally, we relax in camp.

Adventures like this, do wear trail mutts out.

The sun peeked out in the evening, and we
had a starry sky. We didn't stay up to view any meteors.

MMM, fire roasted steak and veggies.

I'm ready to go to bed.

The next morning, we headed to the same spot, but
this time walked in on "Pattison's Road."

We saw fresh wolf scat, and this big fella's print.

This is just off the 2 track where you'd hike west
to the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon.

Who should we meet here, but Laura and Blaze. 
They were from Duluth MN, and on an
8 day adventure here.  Maybe we'll see you later!

This is looking much better,

We found a family of birds nesting right on the trail.

Could they be oven birds?

All done!  Or, at least, the gas was all gone...

We met up with Laura and Blaze again!
They'd got off the trail and wasted 1/2 the day so we gave
them a ride east a ways. But seeing them again is a cause for celebration -
a trip to The Legendary Rousseau Bar.

I've been here a few times before.
This place is trail mutt approved.
Have a great trip! Wish we could come too.