Sunday March 25, 2007 after having
done an indoor mall walk the day before Bob and I were looking forward to
getting outside this day. We decided to hike Paint Creek Trail (PCT) this
morning. The weather was much nicer than the rainy day before, matter of
fact it was an absolutely perfect day for a hike on the trail. Sunny and
not hot, but not cold, just a nice temperature in the high 50s to low
Bob drove and he picked me up around
9:45 am and we went to the parking lot off Tienken right next to the
trail. Once we got out of the van our next decision was whether to head
north or south. We thought about it for a minute and started north. We
figured we would just go north how ever far we felt like going and then
turn around and head back to the van for the second half of our hike.
Knowing there arenít any places to eat along the trail unless we go all
the way into Lake Orion we figured we would just drive somewhere for lunch
at the end of our hike.
When we got to the Gallagher Road
crossing we happened to notice a Subway fast food place off to the east.
Because the trees donít have leaves yet we can see stuff off in the
distance we normally canít see when out on the trail. We had been walking
for a while and I was ready to eat lunch. We both agreed to hop off the
trail and head over the short distance to the small shopping center across
Orion Road where we saw the Subway. When we got there it was open and
without hesitation we decided to stop in for lunch. This way we wouldnít
have to drive some place for lunch after we got back to the van, we could
just head straight home.
Subway has a new menu item they call
the healthy fresh combination. You get a small sub of your choice, and
bottle water or low fat milk to drink and raisins or apple slices. We
both order a healthy fresh combo. I got mine with a ham and turkey sub,
apples and milk. Bob got a vegetarian sub, apples and water. We didnít
have to wait when we showed up, there wasnít a line. A young couple
showed up a few minutes after we sat down to eat. They had a one kid, a 3
or 4 year old boy. I think they ordered the boy a kidís pizza because the
girl working behind the counter started making some sort of pizza. For
some reason the sauce she used for this pizza really smelled bad to me. I
was glad we were close to being done when she started making this pizza.
I couldnít sit in there any longer with that smell.
I was surprised how tasty and fresh
the apple slices were that came in the small sealed plastic bag. They
must put something on these apples to keep them from going bad, they
werenít even turning brown, quite amazing. I should check in the apple
bagging process to see how it is done.
After our lunch we headed back to
the trail for our return trip south to where we parked. On the way back
we noticed how high the water level seemed to be in the river that runs
along side the trail. Must be the last of the winter snow melt and the
recent rain showers have increased the water table in the area. In
addition to the level being on the high side the current flow also seems
faster than normal. Maybe these two things go together, level and current
flow. We talked about what a nice river this would be to kayak on if it
wasnít for the frequent amount of fallen trees and large branches that
block the entire width. We have kayaked in places where you spend more
time pulling your kayak out of the water and walking around the
obstructions as you do actually floating in the kayak. The river in this
area has obstructions quite often in many locations.
About half way back to Tienken I
noticed a couple small woodpeckers in a tree right along the trail edge.
They were Downey woodpeckers which seem to be more abundant the past
couple years. Or, maybe I am just noticing them more because I have been
outside a lot more often the past couple years. Either way it is nice
that a bird as unique and pretty as the Downey woodpecker is so easily
sighted in the Rochester Hills area.
I wasnít sure how far we had walked
this day so I went on the old SueandPaul.com web site and mapped out our
route to get the distance. We did 5.5 miles total from start to finish,
not a bad hike at all. I did take a couple pictures with my phone
this day and they are posted below.