Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Okemos Scout Troop Takes Early Spring Hike at Nordhouse

trees blown down in Nordhouse Dunes
blown down trees at Nordhouse Dunes (photo from Troop 125)
submitted by Mike Fila, Assistant Scoutmaster

Troop 125, from Okemos Michigan, took their first trip to the Nordhouse Dunes. They have already decided that it won't be their last.

It was also the first hike of the season for the Scouts. They headed north to the Dunes Friday afternoon, and although they made good time they still had to set up in the dark. Since they had a bunch of new Scouts they decided to stay in the Lake Michigan Recreation Area campground and have a nice day hike the next morning. It was clear and chilly but a wonderful night for star gazing.

After a quick breakfast the group headed out. They planned to hike the coast, cut across to Nordhouse Lake, have some lunch and loop back. All went well until they came across a large blow down area. It was a huge tangle of downed trees that was impassable. They could see it from the ridge trail but they were hoping that the trail back would be farther inland. They tried a few different routes to no avail.

The group turned around and re-traced their original route. It was a perfect day for hiking and all had a great time. When it started raining at around 5:00 A.M. they decided to head home.

The boys really enjoyed it. The troop has about 30 boys who love to backpack and canoe. Recent trips include the Boundary Waters, Isle Royale and Algonquin. This summer they plant to head to Pictured Rocks to walk from Munising to Grand Marias. Polar Bears in Manistee for another Scout outing

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