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    VIDEO: Manistee River, Michigan

    We did a 10 mile hike, then paddled back to the cars. Fun, but Hot.



    Enjoy!
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    Great video. I noticed the tents, did you get any converts to the hammock world?
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veto 65 View Post
    Great video. I noticed the tents, did you get any converts to the hammock world?
    I doubt it. I don't think they believed me when I told them how comfy I was.
    Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Great Vid, I have three, three day and one five day trip on the Manistee yet this year. I can't wait. Mostly paddling, some backpacking.
    Revolution is about the need to re-evolve political, economic and social justice and power back into the hands of the people, preferably through legislation and policies that make human sense. That's what revolution is about. Revolution is not about shootouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arson View Post
    I doubt it. I don't think they believed me when I told them how comfy I was.
    They must have not gave it a try.

    Nice video as well looks like a fun trip, specially for some good ole fly fishing.

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    Great vid thanks for posting it!
    Looks like it was a great time, sad no luck on a brookie, what was your set-up?

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    I was there on Saturday afternoon. I took the kids and my brother to the suspension bridge. We were planning to do some swinging on a rope swing that was there earlier this summer just down from the bridge at the bend but the trees to which it was attached had been cut down.

    FYI-
    The site you set up camp on is not a legal site. Unless it's a designated site you are required to be 200' from the trail and 200' from water. Also there was a lot of recent damage done there. I hope it wasn't you guys. There were trees cut/knocked down and there was a beautiful healthy pine, maybe 8" diameter, that someone chopped into a couple inches about 4' off the ground. Why oh why do people do that? There is plenty of down trees in that area for burning. There was also a nice pile of trash that someone had gone through the effort to collect and pile up including 2 six packs of hard lemon aid, we did carry all that out. When we got there 2 hikers were packing up, they said they had been told it wasn't a legal site and that they had to move on. I asked if they got a ticket or citation, they said no. I'm not sure who told them. It may have been them that inflicted the damage because there was a nice pile of cut up wood and they had already built a big fire (but not lit it). They had massive packs.
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    I am guessing because of the problems, there has been a response. I have been running the Manistee for 20 years, averaging 20-30 days a year and have never had a problem or been told to move. I encountered DNR twice, and both times they were looking for folks who had trashed out areas. I was camped near the river and told them the sites were established and I did not want to break a new site and at least on those occasions they understood. I had permits and there was no problem.

    I run the upper stretch, upstream of Hodenpyle, and I think there is significantly less use there. I too have encountered trees cut and trash. I clean up as best I can, always hauling stuff out. I do believe though, that since I have been running the river and keeping it clean there is less trash. If people find it clean they are more likely to keep it clean.

    We have to be good stewards and set an example for others. It is always discouraging to find our public lands abused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepcachr View Post
    Also there was a lot of recent damage done there. I hope it wasn't you guys. There were trees cut/knocked down and there was a beautiful healthy pine, maybe 8" diameter, that someone chopped into a couple inches about 4' off the ground. Why oh why do people do that? There is plenty of down trees in that area for burning.
    No, we didn't do any of that damage. I just finished a knife modification where I used a piece of the cedar from the campsite we visited that someone else chopped down, then just left. It felt great to be able to make something good from someone else's greed and destruction. We had such a good time on the trip. Now I get to have something tangible to remember it with. Here's the video of the Modifications:





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    When we got there someone had chopped down a beautiful cedar tree and just left it there. That's the tree you see my cousin processing. We decided to use only that tree for everything. Such a waste with all the dead timber so close by.
    I took a piece of the cedar back with us and am in the middle of trying to make a knife handle out of it with a Mora #2 carbon. I have to say I'm failing though (first attempt).
    We always end up taking more out than we took in. It's sad, but that's life. It is a very clean trail compared to some I've been on.
    As far as that being an "illegal campsite", I don't have much to say. The campsite is already there, and I don't see the benefit of creating a new campsite 200' farther back. Sometimes I'm a rule breaker I guess. I can tell you one thing for sure: I have contributed more to the Manistee River Trail than I have taken away.
    Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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