Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Thirty hours on the Huron



We woke to the sight of the creek outside. Over blueberry pancakes I quizzed Gary on the finer points of leave-no-trace camping-especially important when you stealth-camp, but a good mind-set always.

Soon we were paddling along Superior Pond, where Gary showed me some unusual houses and told stories of their owners and local lore about secret tunnels. We saw a few lovely homes, including an enormous log cabin, and frowned at others with massively stupid lawns mowed to the river's edge, some with the resulting shore erosion.

We portaged around Superior Dam and canoed into Ypsilanti, where the old Peninsular Paper mill rose above us like a relic. After slogging through ropey light green algae floating on the water, we took out the canoe at the Peninsular Dam. We ate a lot more pie, drank most of the last of our water, and then teetered across unsteady rocks to put the canoe back in. The water was low again here, and as we threaded our way through the rocks, we passed old tires and the discarded hood of a Ford.

As we glided up to Riverside Park we heard sirens and saw flashing lights ahead and then cascades of water across the river. Ypsilanti's annual Fire Truck Muster celebrated the end of our short urban canoe adventure with rushes of water and literal bells and whistles.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Health Care - Health Information and Physician Referral
Bringing Back Barley
Saline entrepreneurs boost local brewing.
M.A. Engle
Saline's Mangiamo Closes
As Emagine Theater's opening nears
Billie Ochberg
Elizabeth Kostova
Falling off the bridge
Keith Taylor
Agave Arrives
In a seamless transition from Sabor Latino
Terry Gallagher
The Tannahill Weavers
All manner of songs
arwulf arwulf
Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff
Miss Muehlig, Meet Dr. Rahmani
The spot where her house once stood will become an uncommonly graceful 6-story building.
Sally Mitani
Pauline Health
An affordable clinic moves and grows
Eve Silberman
Calling All Townies
What's that number?
Sally Mitani
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan
A guide to senior living and services