Canoeing the Kalamazoo River: Goose Lake to Twin Pines Campground
Bess has this Grand Plan: to canoe the Kalamazoo River from its headwaters (more or less) to Lake Michigan, and to do it in parts. Yesterday, the Grand Plan commenced. She and I drove to the Twin Lakes Campground near Pulaski Michigan, waking the attendants at 10 am, who dropped us off up river. Our river canoeing skills are rusting (well, mine were never very good to start with), but we managed to stay dry.
It was a perfect day to canoe: not too hot or cold, and early enough in the season that there were no bugs. The river at this point is technically the South Branch of the Kalamazoo River, and seemed clean and clear, and free of major snags (we did get snagged up once, and though it was touch and go for a moment, we freed ourselves and never got wet).
And lots of wildlife: lots of deer (technically the South Branch of the deer–mostly we saw their white tails as the ran away); nesting geese and goslings including several pairs of domestic geese gone wild; an owl (that we think later was being attacked by a murder of crows); yellow warblers;a very flashy redwing; turtles; and (we think) muskrat dropping to the water from their sunning spots.