A Winter Hike For Exercise


Today I first tried to ice skate since there is minimal snow on the ice.  Unfortunately the rain 8 days ago pretty much ruined the surface, so I struggled for a little while exercising the dogs at the same time throwing balls on the ice using a “chuck it.”  Then we headed off to Peach Mountain on foot for a nice hike in the woods.

I could have cross country skied as well, there is just enough snow, not a lot of base but the rains also put a hard layer of ice and snow on the ground.  The vertical drop from the top is 300 feet according to my GPS.  This is a pretty good rise and you’re out of breath at the top if you walk fast.  Dogs are panting also by the top.  I would classify the cross country skiing as intermediate to advanced due to the hills, I’m also a downhill skier, so I enjoy the runs down the mountain from the top.

The views from the trail are scenic and the peaceful quiet is relaxing.  There are many ridges and gullies in the area formed by glaciers many years ago.  The trees are relatively new as they were logged at the turn of the century.  The woods have been allowed to return and some sections planted with pines during the depression.  These are CCC trees, go check Google if you want to know more about the history of the trees and Michigan.

The point I’m trying to make is there are interesting places to get outdoors and get exercise close to the developed areas in the greater Detroit area.  Parks along the Huron River is another example.  The Pinckney Recreation area is just beautiful, hard to tell you are not up North.  Waterloo Recreation is another nearby area for some nice outdoor exploration.

The main thing is even in winter you can explore, get exercise, and have a great time.  If your active outside in the winter, dressed appropriately for the activity, you will find that you are not cold at all.  Be careful to not overdress as this is the best way to get cold while enjoying the winter landscape.

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