Liquid gold spills across the calm lake as the sun rises. Yesterday the wind was shaking trees, pelting the deck with beech nuts, breaking their bristly shells and scattering nuts. The driveway and lanes are covered with rich brown acorns, rolling and crunching as we walk on them. It is October and fall is here. I find it a time to reflect, to enjoy the harvest of apples and grapes and to walk in the woods whether they be calm or in windy turmoil.
We have several favorite trails in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Bay View Trail is near Thoreson Farms. The trail head is just off M-22, a little west of Port Oneida Rd. There are several trails. We like a two-mile combination starting up hill through the woods. There is an overlook of Lake Michigan and then you can choose from several paths. We walk along the ridge and through meadows with grasshoppers flying up in front of us. The air is pure and fresh.
Old Indian Trail will be beautiful in the fall with its ups and downs through the woods and ferns. It is also part of Sleeping Bear – turn off M-22 near Sutter Rd. Remember to leave your National Park Pass visible in your parked vehicle.
Lake Dubonnet, part of the Lost Lake Pathway, Pere Marquette State Forest, is west of Interlochen corners – turn right just past the golf course. As you enter the woods, parking is on the left where there are maps. We walk toward the campground, taking the little trail along the lake. This is about a three-mile, mostly level loop and all woods.
All year we enjoy Interlochen State Park along Duck Lake with its paved paths through maple, beach, oak and tall pine woods. We see migrating ducks, geese, herons, and occasionally an eagle fishing while we listen to woodpeckers and mourning doves. Often we greet two dogs who stop and ask to be petted, Jack and Cricket. We visit with the friendly owners, but we don’t know their names.
Empire public beach is a wonderful spot with picnic tables, sandy play ground, and marvelous beach walking.
I am thankful for this beautiful and bountiful land.
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