This week’s mini-adventure had a few things in coming with the last one, including hot sticky weather, blistered feet, and that creepy feeling of being alone-but-perhaps-not-really-alone in the woods.
Happily, I did not see any bears.
I volunteered to take a look at a property for Keweenaw Land Trust to see what’s out there and make sure that the area isn’t getting mucked up by ATVs. But the bigger first step was to figure out how to even get there, as this 200 acres lies at the back end of a giant wetland and there aren’t any roads going to it. The presence of a power line that runs through part of the property, if not a great thing overall, at least makes in a little easier to get there.
Still, the recommended way to get there read something like this: Drive two miles until the pavement ends and the road crosses a major powerline. Enter the powerline at the giant gate that says ‘No entry. Landfill closed.’ Crossing private property, walk a little less than a half mile down the powerline and then cross a big wetland and beaver pond, either by walking over the beaver dam or walking as much as a half mile around it.
Since the gate and beaver pond needed to be crossed were so big, I tried another way. I rode my bike about 3/4-mile down the powerline. Although it started out flat, it got progressively hillier until I had to ditch the bike and drop down into the wetland. And then:
I didn’t see much for critters, just a hawk and tweety bird that I couldn’t identify and a mallard (no bears!), so it was pretty uneventful.
But it was fun to be out and prove to myself that I can still my way around the woods. Even if I did use Google Maps and the powerline to navigate more than I used a compass, I still used a compass. And I did not get lost—hooray!
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