Sandy looked at NOAA's snow map which showed the Porkies 100% free of white stuff. With that thought, we headed west for our inaugural spring hike at the Porkies State Park.
|We planned to park at the Government Peak trail parking area.|
But we found a barrier across the road which we drove around
like others had.
|Oh dear, this is why the park had the road blocked.|
|I spied just a tad of snow remaining on the road.|
|It was about 3/4 mile hike in to here. Now we really start!|
|What a perfect day for a spring hike!|
But we didn't expect to see any friendly hikers on the trails.
I don't get to socialize much you know.
|But we did very shortly!|
They petted me some. They had camped last night.
|Best thing about spring or fall hikes is the unobstructed view.|
|Then we caught up with more friendly hikers!|
They were from Rhinelander WI.
|No leaves, no bugs and cooler temps.|
|This is near the Carp Lake Mine.|
|More snow! I didn't expect to see any today.|
|I love Carp Lake (aka Lake of the Clouds).|
|We spied pulk sled skag marks.|
Speaking of pulks, I wish we were camping tonight,
like we did earlier this spring.
|The friendly Rhinelander hikers where going the same way as us.|
|This was our lunch stop.|
I hope we see them again, they scratched me some.
|Now we descend off the escarpment.|
|The bridge across the Carp Lake outlet. Water was high!|
|Hunting is always good here in the Porkies.|
|I took the water route. I love water.|
|I was getting hungry, so I had to resort to having some lame kibble.|
|As we ascended the North Mirror Lake trail, we found more and more snow.|
NOAA said there was none! The 2 legged ones said it was tough going.
|The wettest place in the woods is the trail.|
|Lotsa trees came down over the winter.|
|We could have had a ski adventure!|
|The maples are still bent over from snow load.|
|Trap Falls. I was so glad, I didn't get washed away in the torrent! It was very scary just sitting here for the photo!|
|Good thing we don't need to cross the river today...the log bridge is gone.|
|Imagine the crack when this one went over.|
|Hey! I found a perfect camp spot. Can't we stay?|
|Water's high, but down from what it was.|
|Back! The 2-leggeds did 2 miles on the road and 13 on the trail.|
I covered at least 5 times that. We had such a grand adventure.