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Oct 29 - S Br AuSable paddle & hike back Mason Tract

 | Published on 10/29/2016

Great full day with xc ski friends 11-6, paddling the S Branch of the AuSable from Chase to Smith Bridge, then hiking back on the Mason Tract. Since Ernie & Brie couldn't join us for the hike, he grilled hamburgers, ready when the rest of us finished our hike, Carole, Linda & Macy, Paula & Randy, and me. Enjoyed the golden tamaracks (larch) along the river, a blue heron & of course, Carole & Ernie's lovely home on the AuSable.

TAPC Mark Smith (paddle only), Carole & Ernie who live on AuSable
Paula & Randy
Ernie & Brie in bow
Linda & Macy in bow, lives on AuSable
lunch at the chapel
golden tamaracks, a fall favorite of mine
hiking back from Smith Bridge to Chase Bridge along S Branch of AuSable on Mason Tract trail
studying the map at the High Banks river overlook, "Are we halfway yet?"
Report & photos by trip organizer, Sara Cockrell