Oy, the things that can turn you around! So today was a short, 20-mile jaunt from the Two-Hearted River area back west to Muskellonge Lake State Park. I’d given Ed directions for the spot to drop off our car, then began working on my laptop. Again, long story short, Ed missed a key turn and we lost about an hour.
We started out hiking with mosquitoes in full force. I donned my head-to-toe bug suit for the first time. It worked awesome! Our first several hours of hiking were interesting. We hiked through some clear-cutting areas that looked like moonscapes, and also some areas with storm damage that also looked pretty sobering.
But in the midst of that we were periodically treated to phenomenal views of Lake Superior! The Great Lakes are so amazing. I’m biased, as I grew up along the Lake Michigan shoreline. But honestly, I don’t know how anyone can’t be amazed by any of our Great Lakes.
It rained on and off during the afternoon. The trail would traipse along the lakeshore, then dip down to a road, then back up again. Some of the roads were sandy logging paths that were really difficult to walk on. The bugs were horrendous, on and off.
We finished the day at 4:45 – yay! But we had to drive back to our dropped car, and due to the rain and the poor quality of the dirt roads, it took us two hours round-trip (would have been less than half that on paved roads). Oh well, that’s hiking!
There is a laundry in this small berg. The owner agreed to open it up at night just to accommodate us. This is what I LOVE about small Midwestern towns!
Snowshoe and Cheese Ed
MI NCT miles today: 19.1
MI NCT miles to date: 68.3
Total NCT miles to date: 68.3
Total NCT miles to go: 4,531.7