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Monthly Archives: July 2021

Empty Benches

The benches under the trees in the woods on the hill by the lake are empty.Bye mom.

Footsteps in the Dark

It was night. It was late. The forest was dark.  The ground was marvelously soft from the rains the week before. Yet even though the man knew the path well, whenever he took his eyes (and his headlamp) off the ground at his feet, he found himself wandering into the softer softness of leaves and […]

End of Another Day

1. Gold I was on the phone with cousins when I stopped mid-sentence. Something is dreadfully wrong with the forest over there, I thought to myself. How is it possible that the leaves have turned yellow in just the last few days? My heart was breaking. There are Pines and Maples and Oaks and Black […]


It gets a bit wonky around Baldwin Lake. The Flat River Trail map shows that the trail doesn’t officially go around the lake but rather ends at a narrow road by the water’s edge. But that road follows the shore, wraps around the northern arm, cuts across a tiny strip to Manoka Lake, and from there […]

White Pine

Why yes. That would be a White Pine.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

1. Waiting for Wildlife Northeast out of Greenville on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. It’s a flat, dedicated trail with only one stretch along Peck where you have to share the road from narrow bike lanes painted on either side. The vehicles go by fast, but they go by only once in a while and […]