Snowshoeing from CMU to the East Side Campground

The adventure this week was approximately three miles of snowshoeing from the Jim Gillingham Center to the East Side Fire Hall. The trip was a little hairy considering that there was a slight thaw occuring and a bright sunshine shining, accompanied by the west-northwest wind gusting.

The CMU Biological Center appeared to be completely deserted as the adventure began.

The Center had lots of snow drifts also and snow hanging down from the older building.........What a view!

A waterfront view of the Center..

The first challenge!

Alright now, how does one snowshoe through a creek? The first obstacle encountered was the creek running down along the CMU Center property. This was not something that had to be thought through before this trip. Wade through, get your feet wet, or find a way around? The pathway chosen was to go out on the ice to get around the run-off from the creek. Either get really wet by falling through the ice or keep the feet dry for a little longer? Made it without falling through the ice, thank goodness.

Sand Bay looking mighty dreary and cold and deserted..

Some cottages or buildings seemed fairly close..

But, the tower and the destination seems quite far away..

Huge cottage, but there are lots of different styles of building along this stretch.

Can you see the blowing snow along the ice-water division?

Drifting snow makes the tracks develop shadows of their own..

Interesting cottage set between two what-ya-ma-call-it's

Less imposing cottages with a gorgeous view...

Another creek to ford or go around...

Yes, that's where you came from...

This creek was running under the snow and ice covering it. One step was fine. The next got the feet wet! Cold, cold!

No wonder, you just splashed through the Jordan River outlet to Lake Michigan..

Chunks of ice were breaking off and being pushed by the wind.

Interesting cottage...

Feet wet once.....be careful or they'll get wetter and colder yet...

No much ice along this part of Sand Bay. Most had blown out with the strong wind.

More and more cottages along Sand Bay..

It's always good to look back to where you've been.....

Snow, ice, and ice cold water...but the ducks don't seem to mind it..

Tucked back into the tree line...

Another look back...

Seemingly deserted, but, all of a sudden, another human..

Jon Bonadeo had snowmobiled out to a construction site and decided to check out the guy on the snowshoes. Jon was walking close to the water's edge to keep from sinking into the snowdrifts. Trading stories on the short walk back was a lot of fun...Hope to share your snowshoe adventure story in the near future, Jon. The preview was riveting....

These natural ice sculptures are favorites...

Two more cottages, but the one on the right is occupied. At least smoke is coming from the chimney and the air is full of wood smoke smells...It smells good...

Indications that the destination isn't very far away....

A look toward the directions of the next adventure...Point LaPar and south..

One last look around Sand Bay to the north from the campground beach ...

The gulls and the geese saying goodbye to the snowshoe adventurer..

Yes, the campground is still there....

Destination here for a ride back to town.......