Saturday, December 8, 2007

Spirit of the Woods First Snow Outing of the Winter

Three snowshoers and a dog braved the early cold and headed to the Manistee National Forest north of Nine-Mile Bridge on Saturday Morning. We walked on the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The temperatures soon warmed into the twenties, and with the good effort one must put into snowshoeing through pristine snow, all were soon thoroughly warmed.

It was a near perfect day. The snow fell in light, fluffy flakes against the pines, and when we stood still the quiet was profound.

This was no death march. We were all fairly tired after breaking trail for an hour, so we turned around and followed our tracks back to the car. That only took 40 minutes!

Don't be afraid to join us. The club hikes the second Saturday of every month. January 12, 2008 we will meet at the Rec Center at West Shore Community College and snowshoe or ski the Nature Trail (bring whichever you prefer, or just good boots). Afterwards we'll fix popcorn in the fireplace at the picnic shelter.

February 9 is our annual ski/snowshoe outing at Big M Ski Area on Udell Hills Road. Rich and Deb Krieger will bring their famous chili for a good time in the warming shelter afterwards.

All hikes begin at 10 am.

by Joan H. Young
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