Our annual Autumn Equinox backpacking trip was another success! Tim Gerardot, Jennifer Kleinrichert, Steve Ross, Savannah and I ventured north to hike the Manistee River Trail which runs along the east side of the river.
The trail is quite beautiful, with nice vistas along the way and lots of campsites. It’s one of the most popular backpacking trails in the area.
The most exciting part of the trip was when Savannah bit into a porcupine. It still gives me the shivers when I think about it. She ended up with about 15-20 quills stuck inside her mouth and a few others on the front part of her body. Steve and I had to hold her still while Tim plucked them out one by one. Savannah winced for each one! I’ve never seen a dog wince before. When all was said and done she acted like it was no big deal and was her old self within minutes. What a gal!
I never seem to take enough pictures on these trips. Here’s what I have.
The first part of the trail had been logged over. We were a little discouraged but after about a mile it was no longer logged.
There were lots of views of the Manistee.
Tim, Steve & Jennifer by the river.
Savannah ready to go! She didn’t seem to mind the pack at all.
Steve & Jen making pizzas. I’ve never seen that before on a backpacking trip!
Steve cooking one with a forked stick. He’s so happy!
Not satisfied with the fork, Steve tries two sticks. I’m not sure which worked better.
Somebody’s gruel heating up over the campfire.
It’s a great kayaking river.
There were suds in the river. This looks like a fairly clean part of the world, so I Googled “river suds” and found out that this can be caused by tannins in the water.
This Sugar Maple has some problems.
There were lots of mushrooms growing in the woods.
Savannah waiting for us along the trail.
Campfires are always nice when backpacking.
This one got a little crazy.
We’re giving some serious thought to canoeing this next year. Of course there’s also Red River Gorge, Monongahela, etc, etc, etc.