Weekend Walk

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Traverse City, Hiking, Northern Michigan


Traverse City, Michigan, Hiking, Activities


I so wish I had taken more photos from our little hike…okay well not so little. It was more like an adventure than a hike. I downloaded a new app by trails.com and I give it a serious thumbs up for anyone who loves to hike, find a new place to walk, or are looking for some serious adventure. We took off west on Saturday towards Lake Michigan and figured we would find a trail along the way. We ended up at The Platter River Trail. I had kayaked the platte many of times and in fact it a favorite weekend activity. So I knew it would be beautiful, but there was no trail head for this particular trail, which was totally awesome, right? We went to a dirt road that was a single lane with two tracks deep in to the woods and finally found somewhere to park near one of the walking trails we saw marked by the road.

It was beautiful. It is amazingly quiet with these perfectly moss lined paths for all 5 miles we hiked. We never saw a soul. We did not come overly prepared to walk more than a few hours so we headed back, but I want to go back and hike it all the way to the lake with ample water and food. You would be surprised at how tiring hiking can be. I also am always hungry so I should always bring along a snack or something full of protein and fiber.

I really cannot wait to do this one again and next time I hope to find Lake Michigan and maybe eventually pack in for an evening of camping on the beach with friends. Wouldn’t that be perfect to fall asleep next to Lake Michigan to the smell of fresh water and campfire? Yeah pretty much pure magic. Perhaps information like Smartphone vs GPS For Hiking can also be incredibly beneficial for the trip.

Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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