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Shingle Mill Pathway

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Distance: 11.1 miles


Shingle Mill Pathway, part of the High Country Pathway in the Pigeon River Country, northern Michigan, Lower Peninsula. Overnight solo trip: left after work on a Friday around 6pm. Completed 11-mile loop the next morning Clear skies both days. (Route approximate; I didn't have GPS)

Hiked a mile or so in, forgot batteries for camera. Hiked back to retrieve. Swampy beginning, patially on DNR-maintained boardwalk. Campsite on Pigeon River taken, continued north. Saw deer very close near Ford Lake. Camped at Grass Lake, very peaceful. Dinner: Beef jerkey and Clif bars. Desert: Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat beer. Used magnesium fire starter with toilet paper tinder to start fire. Read a few chapters of Jim Harrison's "Sundog." Woke up at dawn, a loon called from the lake. Beautiful sunrise, mist rose from the lake. Beaver or otter (probably otter) swam in front of camp. Ducks flew directly overhead, squirrels chattered. Packed up camp, continued loop the next day. Pushed the pace a little, I should have taken my time. Arrived back at the truck with plenty of day left.

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