Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Not exactly lost

I think we have all been there.  The directions seemed clear enough at the start:  Eaton county, 2.5 mile east of I-127, 0.5 miles north of Round Lake Road.

My first clue regarding the quality of the directions should have been the fact that Round Lake Road and I-127 are in Clinton County, 25 miles north of here.

The second complication involved the 2.5 miles.  Was that GPS east or 2.5 miles on Round Lake Road?  It makes a difference.  Round Lake Road staggers across the landscape like a drunk on his way to the party store to pick up his third bottle of whiskey.  Round Lake Road is also devoid of shoulders so I had to park a mile ease of the site.

I figure I walked four miles today.  The middle two miles were the hardest.  I was walking on soggy corn stubble.  I never did find the tree I was looking for.

I did see some pretty country and some magnificent deer blinds.

This fellow has a 200 yard shooting range and a pond.  Additional targets at 50 yards and 100 yards.  Bench is on the left end of the grass strip.
Space aliens?  Pirate treasure?  Signaling Soviet landing sites?  Nope, just a deer hunter who mowed his shooting lanes to better see the deer.
Snow melted on Sunday.  Chickweed blooming on Wednesday.


  1. Yep, that 25 mile difference WOULD call the whole thing into question...

  2. What tree? It must have been special for that effort.

    1. It was supposed to be a Rock Elm listed in the Michigan Big Tree registry: Last entry.

      It should have been easy to find, Girth (at breast height) of 196 inches, height of 70 feet and a crown 107 feet across.