By Doug Harmon
With Mother Nature pulling back on the reins, approaching winter has slowed a bit. Almost a hint of Indian Summer, the old timers called it. An opportunity to still get out and enjoy the Beauty of Newaygo County and the Dragon Trail.
One day earlier this week found my wife, Holly and I hiking the section of trail from the Hardy Dam Marina to Sandy Beach and back. A quarter mile into the walk and after passing the Rob Slate tribute bridge, the sounds of automobiles faded away and we were left with the sounds of birds and fleeing deer, waving their white tails at us. Hardy pond is in a water drawdown, so if you've not seen this before, it's worth checking out.
Holly and I, along with many of our adopted dive family, have multiple dives on Scuba in Hardy Pond. We are always amazed by what we see under the water. Now, with the water level 12-15 feet lower than summer levels, many things appear that normally are hidden from view. Out of the depths, stumps, limbs, lost treasures and contraband appear. It's worth checking out.
So if I can do it, you can do it. I challenge you to turn off the TV, get out of the bean bag chair, put down the bag of Cheetos, and hit the trail. There is plenty of parking at the Marina trail head, along with a porta-potty, if needed. Our hike, round trip was 2.55 miles, according to my wife's fancy watch that talks to us, the same one that yells out, it's time to get up, you've been sitting too long.
O yea, time to hike that section, 1 hour 15 minutes. Degree of difficulty 1. So back to the challenge, go check it out, you'll enjoy a brief moment outside in our beautiful Newaygo County and you can boast you slayed the Dragon.
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