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A Brief Visit to Cliff Ridge

Long rows of dark cliffs

My little Saturn bounced and shuttered as I pressed down Cliff Drive. Gritting my teeth I pushed faster, steadily approaching the breckneck speed of 45 mph, doing my best to avoid the bumps and pot holes on the rough road. I was behind schedule after a few detours near Copper City and didn't know if…

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  • Posted August 25, 2014
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Grand Portal Point

Tall cliffs on the return to Chapel Rock

Returning to Chapel Rock was a tedious venture. The sun had continued to rise, warming the woods and melting the snow, and the trail of mud, slush, and water made for a tiresome slog. I tried to remember the longer sections of snow from the walk out to strap on snowshoes for, just so I could walk a…

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  • Posted May 20, 2014
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Chapel Rock and Spray Falls

The sign for Chapel area hiking

Early morning slowly filtered through the winter-bare trees, bringing light and little warmth to the narrow dirt road. I was on Chapel Road, a two-track of Pictured Rocks, and it was still below freezing on this mid-April dawn. The road was plowed, a pleasant surprise to find, though there was…

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  • Posted May 14, 2014
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Beneath Big Bay's Cliffs

Confusing plaque about Tlapak

I stared at the stone monument, reading yet not comprehending the words etched on the smooth finish. 'Tumbles of Tlapak' was the title of the thing, maybe a paragraph or two, about odd lifeforms and extra dimensions and Kcymaerxthaereal. It reminded me of something from Lovecraft. An odd little…

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  • Posted April 5, 2014
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Cliffs of Freeman's Landing

Well-trod path to Wetmore Beach

Eyeing up the sign in front of me I continued forward to Wetmore Beach, snowshoes in hand. Apparently the state owns this land and visitors are required to have a recreational pass. I didn't have one. I also wasn't in my car where one would slap this sticker on. The road to Wetmore was buried in a…

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  • Posted March 29, 2014
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Ice Cliffs of Freda

Frigid view of Champion Mill outside of Freda

Trying to hide my nervousness I glanced around at the snowy trees and hills around us. Emily and I were driving up M-26 towards Atlantic Mine, one of the most notorious stretches of winter roads this side of the Mackinaw. Sputtering snow and strong winds cut down our visibility and kept our…

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  • Posted March 13, 2014
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Diorite Bluffs - A Rocky Western Ridge

Managed pine forest stretching far away

Stretching west from the tiny town of Diorite is a jagged line of bluffs, swamps, and sandy flatlands. The bluffs are not terribly tall, rising less than two hundred feet up above the plains below, and promise few clear south-facing outcroppings. Pines cover the sandy sections of the plains near…

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  • Posted July 10, 2013
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Irish Hollow Cemetery

Aged sign for Irish Hollow Cemetery

Dense fog broken only by scattered showers made my early morning drive to Rockland a stressful journey. There was no stars or moon to break the darkness, only thick, cloying whiteness and occasional city street lights. It wasn't until I was within ten minutes of my destination that the sun began to…

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  • Posted December 26, 2012
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Trap Hills near Cascade Creek

Hacking trail leading to the ridgeline away from t

The morning air was crisp enough to draw a shiver from me as I searched for a path. I had parked on the end of a forest road east of Old M-64 on a spring morning and wondered if my double shirt and jean jacket would be enough to protect me from the cold. Finding the sign that marked the start of the…

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  • Posted November 24, 2012
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Return to the South Blind 35 Mountain

Dead grass and sand on the Triple A

Sometimes I miss the good spots on a hike. I often head into an area with little more than a topographic map and a rudimentary understanding of the area. Depending on how the hike goes my rough plans can change rapidly to avoid rough sections or check out an interesting side destination, but many…

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  • Posted October 30, 2012
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