Yellow Dog Ski Trip

Photo taken by Jay Johnson one of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve members

Last month the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve hosted their Annual Yellow Dog Ski Trip. Fourteen skiers met at the end our driveway off of county road 510. For the first part of our trip, we took a trail into the foothills of the Huron Mountains (some of the oldest mountains in the country) that overlooks the Yellow Dog valley with an occasional glimpse of Lake Superior. Whoever was breaking trail up the beginning 1.5-mile hill struggled and could only go for a little bit. When we came out of the high hills, it was not long before we arrived at the river itself. The day before we had found a good lunch spot on a bluff overlooking the river and packed down an area for the fire. When we got there, Rochelle and her grandchildren had already built a fire for us. For the second half of the trip we stayed along the Yellow Dog. It was a beautiful day. The sky was clear and blue, and the sun shining on the river made it look like the water was sparkling. Since we were along the river there were a lot ravines which made for steep hills where a lot of us crashed. In the end, it was a 5-hour ski, about twenty degrees in the afternoon, and we all made it out safely.

Lunch around the fire. Photo taken by Jay Johnson

Lunch around the fire. Photo taken by Jay Johnson