Take some time out to go with the flow

 

An aerial view shows the Carp River meandering through Negaunee Township.

Story and photos by Scot Stewart

The hill slid slowly at first, then suddenly to the river’s edge. It was a clear, fast running stream, filled with dark, mysterious boulders, bouncing the chattering water in all directions.  But it was that chatter, and the very racing itself, that brought a serenity, a peace to the place.

Walking along a faint, narrow trail along Harlow Creek, all seems extremely quiet. The section of the river between Co. Rd. 550 and Harlow Lake is short, about a mile long, and much of it runs between steep rises of white and red pine, maples and white spruce. The river does exactly what it is supposed to do. It is an easy, relaxing flow of water over a bed of mostly fine sand, stained slightly by tannic acid leaching from the decomposing leaves and needles that are everywhere. There are a few sharp bends in the river, and there are many fallen trees draped over the river giving it a jumbled look. There are also a few boulders and smaller pieces of basalt resting in the river, diverting the river around their languid bodies.

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