Field Photo Friday!

Another short post with photos that are less field oriented. This porcupine was seen while my wife and I hiked a section of the North County Trail through Hiawatha National Forest in Western Michigan. I remember that this was a fantastic trip, long, but still very beautiful and rewarding.

Ultimately, it would be great to spend more time up north as we have family and most of our friends still live in the area. Unfortunately, when we spend time up north it is mostly consumed with family time. At some point I would love to hike a larger section of this trail. This, like other large cross-country trails (i.e. Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail) allow an opportunity to see more of the amazing landscapes across the United States while connecting multiple states together, preserving large stretches of habitats and ecosystems. Since we have moved to North Carolina, I hope to spend time in the Smokies hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Until then I will settle for local state parks, wilderness areas, and national forests that provide an alternative to extended trails.

References:

Hiawatha National Forest
http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6IeDdGCqCPOBqwDLG-AAjgb6fh75uan6BdnZaY6OiooA1tkqlQ!!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfMjAwMDAwMDBBODBPSEhWTjBNMDAwMDAwMDA!/?ss=110910&navtype=forestBean&navid=091000000000000&pnavid=null&cid=null&ttype=main&pname=Hiawatha%20National%20Forest%20-%20Home 
 
North County Trail (official site)
http://www.nps.gov/noco/index.htm
 
North County Trail Organization
http://northcountrytrail.org/
 
 
 
 
 
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~ by npvbroek on 05/27/2011.

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