52 Hike Challenge Spring Report

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The spring segment of my 52 Hike Challenge ended up being…a bit challenging.

The season began with a couple of muddy hikes with Patronus.

In April I got injured.  I still wanted to keep hiking, so Luke and I decided to take Patronus to visit Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, MI so Patronus and I could still explore one more state park without pushing it too hard.

I was feeling pretty bad that day, but Patronus made sure to provide lots of hugs along the way.

We spent the day walking around checking out all of the interesting buildings and bridges and taking in the views of downtown Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge, and Windsor, Ontario.

My next adventure was a spring backpacking trip to help get in shape for my upcoming Pictured Rocks hike.

blind lake campground

Despite the more mild April weather, backpacking around 17 miles while injured was honestly kind of a struggle, but I made it through!  You can read more about my hike of the Potawatomi Trail here.

I decided to take it easy and scale back on the mileage and trail difficulty for a a couple weeks in order to help give my broken bone (and Poto blisters) a chance to heal.

After being stuck doing mostly short, easy day hikes for a couple of weeks, I finally got my cast off!  Patronus and I decided to do a “real” hike again to celebrate.  We managed to get in a couple of quick sprints along the beach, as well.

Great Pyrenees Running

It felt really good to be able to go on a normal hike with Patronus again, but I would be lying if I said that I felt 100% confident about being ready to go on a four day, forty-two mile backpacking trip.  Nevertheless, it was a trip I had been planning for years, so I went anyway.

On our way through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to visit the Pictured Rocks, my friends and I decided to stop at Tahquamenon Falls State Park to check out the upper and lower falls and camp for a night.

Tahquamenon Falls

The hikes to the falls were pretty short and quite scenic, but unfortunately, it also decided to pour rain the whole time.

After checking out the falls and stopping a the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, we finally made our way to the city of Munising in order to prepare for our biggest adventure yet.  You can read all about our backpacking trip of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore here.

After finishing our backpacking trip, I was feeling particularly sore and achy, so I decided to take a week off from hiking to let my body heal.  I’m not someone who can sit still very easily, but it was good to be able to finally relax.

Finally it was June, and summer was finally around the corner!  Luke and I decided to take Patronus on a weekend camping trip.

We managed to score a nicely secluded campsite that was close to a hiking trail, so we decided to take advantage of it and go for a hike together.  The section of trail we did was mostly flat, easy, and short, and the weather was perfect.  You can read more about our camping trip here.


That just about sums up our spring hiking adventures!

If you’d like to see more of our day hikes and camping trips, follow me on Instagram at @kristyandpatronus.


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