I received an idea last week for a potential diploma works project; a nature sanctuary, Estivant Pines, about an hour north of my school has a caretaker that has to work on site to maintain the outhouse and pathways that are found on site. This caretaker has a 3 hour round trip each time he visits the sanctuary. In order to make maintaining the site easier, the idea of creating a caretaker's cabin was introduced. I decided to inspect the site to see if I am interested in this project or not, and my good friend Brittany agreed to accompany me. Of course being that this adventure occurred in Michigan where the weather is never predictable, we were stuck hiking on an extremely hot day. If you take out the buckets of sweet lost on this journey through the woods I would say that the adventure was really enjoyable.
Estivant Pines is a really amazing sanctuary. The site has two trails that you can follow which total about 2.5 miles. Brittany and I took the loop to the left of the trail head. While this route was breathtaking with its virgin white pine and wonderful rock formations, it was unfortunately mostly uphill, hence the lost buckets of sweat. My main concern with the site is that because of the incline it would be difficult finding a place conducive to maintaining a caretaker's cabin. I am contacting the caretaker this week in hopes of getting more answers about the project.
I hope the weatherman is right and there will be rain; we need a break from this heat wave!