Back in my hometown of Rogers City, MI there is a park called the Herman Vogler Conservation Area. The park has a few trails over the river and through the woods just down the road from my grandparent's house.
This place is special because my grandma would take us there to cross-country ski and walk the trails all throughout my childhood. I have fond memories of muddy feet in the spring and sore back sides from falling while skiing in the winter. This park is where I learned to love cross-country skiing and reminds me how much I miss it!
At the end of 2017, I was fortunate enough to be up in Michigan for the holidays and did my final two hikes of the 52 Hike Challenge 2017 here. Hike #51 & Hike #52 Both hikes were through the snow, and both brought back memories instantly. I hold this place near to my heart and look to it as a way to remember the good times from childhood, especially now that my grandparents are older and less active.
The photos below are from a visit my BFF Molly and I made in October of 2009. Enjoy the forest and happy trails!