Summer Sights

One thing I love about running and biking is getting to explore places I probably wouldn’t see otherwise. I’ve seen a lot of good scenery the last couple weeks, so this is a picture-loaded blog entry.

In order to make time for one of my long runs, I had to head out at the crack of dawn. As hard as it is to get up that early on a Saturday, I really need to do it more often because it was one of the most beautiful runs I’ve done. Stony Creek Metropark is just a few miles from home, so I ran from home to the park, ran a few miles on the mountain bike trails, then ran back home. The pictures barely do it justice, but the park was absolutely stunning in the early daylight.

I felt like I was in a storybook when I came across this spot.

I felt like I was in a storybook when I came across this spot.

 

I'll sacrifice some sleep for this view.

I’ll sacrifice some sleep for this view.

 

A gorgeous trail.

A gorgeous trail.

 

Another beautiful place I’ve run recently was Kellogg Forest in Augusta, MI. While visiting Matt’s parents for a few days, I wanted to run and bike around some places I’d never seen. Although Matt grew up just a few miles from the forest, he’d never run there. I’m really glad he mentioned it and we got the chance to explore the awesome trails together. I don’t run on trails often enough and should try to change that. It was very peaceful and we only saw a handful of people during our two runs there.

Part of the North Country Trail.

Part of the North Country Trail.

 

Surrounded by trees.

Surrounded by trees.

 

Softer ground is easier on the body but definitely more challenging.

Softer ground is easier on the body but definitely more challenging.

 

On my way into the woods.

On my way into the woods.

 

Maple Manor.

Maple Manor.

 

Another place we explored was the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. It’s a very nice trail that was great for biking.

Over the river.

Over the river.

 

A beautiful day for riding.

A beautiful day for riding.

 

Another bridge.

Another bridge.

 

On the way to the nature center.

On the way to the nature center.

 

Matt also led me on a bike ride through Fort Custer State Park in Augusta. The park has campgrounds, mountain bike trails, a beach, etc.

Another beautiful day for a bike ride.

Another beautiful day for a bike ride.

 

The beach.

The beach.

 

Taking a break to watch some kayakers.

Taking a break to watch some kayakers.

I often end up running and biking around the same areas due to convenience and lack of time, but I hope to work in visits to new places more often. Hopefully I’ll have more pretty pictures to share throughout the rest of the summer!

– Janet

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