On Wednesday when Sandy got off, we headed east to Marquette MI to attend the annual national conference of the North County Trail. You know how I love trails, especially the NCT!
This post shows the first 2 days.
|We camped at the Forestville Trailhead.|
|This is part of the Noquemanon Trail Network.|
|They recently put in a camp ground. It was lovely!|
|We even got there early enough to cook supper over the fire.|
|No mosquitoes either!|
|Then on Thursday morning, we met up with lots of friendly|
hikers at NMU.
|We got special attention from Ray, our personal chauffeur.|
We figured out, that Sandy works at the same place as his son Brian!
|70 hikers showed up to stroll along the Little Garlic River.|
|It was quite a procession.|
|I don't know you, but I love any NCT hiker who'll rub me some.|
|We took a little break here.|
|There were 2 other 4-leggeds here besides me.|
|Up the spur trail we go.|
|We were headed to a nice water fall.|
Trail mutts don't mind leading the way.
|Once back to the trail head, we waited for our shuttle back.|
We did about 7 miles today.
|Oh good! A car load of little girls pulled up, just to see me.|
You know I don't get to see many kids!
|I got acquainted with many more hikers as we waited here.|
|In fact, I tried to get to know everyone.|
|Our chauffeur back was Mark, who wasn't a dog lover,|
but I tried to change his mind. Oh ya he did rub me good.
|Back in camp, we found neighbors! They were friendly cyclists.|
|Roasted lamb! Ain't nuthin' like mutton.|
|What a glorious evening.|
|I even got groomed.|
|Friday morning, they had bacon and pancakes.|
|Then we all headed out from camp to hike the NCT,|
located spitting distance from our site.
|We hiked the NCT to a spur trail, which we took to see Lily Pond.|
|It lived up to its name!|
|In the afternoon, we headed back to NMU so I could meet|
|This fella led work groups to clear the Kek trail near Ely.|
He was friendly, too! I hope we can hike the Kek this fall
when we go up there.