I’m feeling a little weary this morning. Over the weekend I walked almost 15 miles, drove about 80 miles and stayed up late to describe my adventures in two very long blog posts. It is raining right now, so here I sit, in my jammies, taking a load off my feet and writing about Sunday morning.
As you know, in a separate post I detailed my tour of the historic Grosse Isle North Channel Lighthouse and our delightful trip as we wended our way along East River Road through the historical neighborhoods and saw sites marking history-making events from long ago. We even caught a glimpse of a freighter and tug barge steaming down the Detroit River.
My lighthouse tour was at 1:00 p.m. so I had time to sneak in a walk at the Island’s nature preserve. I hoped that on a peaceful Sunday morning I might be lucky enough to see a family of deer, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I found it amusing that later in the day I would see deer in the exclusive neighborhood near the lighthouse, as our group waited to board the bus to return to the museum where we began the tour.
Earlier this Summer I’d made a few trips to the island looking for a good place to park and walk along the shoreline and/or trek through the woods. A fellow walker at Council Point Park lives on Grosse Ile and had been showing me family of deer he kept seeing near his home. So, he gave me some pointers on nature preserves and quiet places to see deer – this is one of them in a Grosse Ile Open Space area. These pictures were taken on a sunny day, the last time I visited this venue, but I took the same trails yesterday, but never took the camera out of the pouch as it was very dark and gloomy the entire day.
Grosse Ile Wildlife Sanctuary.
The morning was quiet as I pulled into this small nature preserve at Horsemill and Thorofare Roads. It was woodsy, but not so dense that I didn’t feel comfortable walking there alone.
The occasional car whizzed by on Horsemill Road, but other than that, it was dead silent as I meandered through the woods.
Now, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a little nature, just barely off the beaten path, this is the place to be. It was quite humid and the scent of fresh mulch on the trails and heaped up nearby made for a heady experience.
The dappled sunshine showed me some of what this little nature preserve had to offer, like glimpses of water and sure footing as I walked along.
There were signs of interest, as well as facts and figures to make you say “wow – I didn’t know that!”
Unbelievably, both hour-long treks yielded no deer pics, as I had hoped; in fact, I saw no squirrels or birds, nary a bug or a butterfly, and not a single human either.
It was just the trees –n- me.