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I took a lovely fall hike with my rucking friends. 'Rucking' is hiking with a weighted pack.
(HERE is the facebook page for the Traverse Area Rucking Club.) We hike weekly alongside the Traverse City Track Club.
Sometimes, we have extra energy so we gather to hike again.
With the leaves beginning to change and the air getting cooler, we headed to the lakeshore to hike through the Treat Farm to Mt. Baldy in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Harry (wearing his amazing kilt), Terri, and Homer
Lake Michigan and the magnificent dunes
The wind was howling when we reached the top of the dunes. What a view!
Homer, Terri, & Harry
Hiking back to Treat Farm
The original Treat Farm
Some shots inside the farm house:
Front porch of the house:
This trail is just south of the Empire Bluff Trail and loops up to Mt. Baldly and back (about 2.8 miles). You could go up the Treat Trail (on Norcock Road off of M22 south of Empire), hike along the dune trail, then back down the Empire Bluff Trail.
Hmmmm....that might be my next day hike!