Darlene and I enjoy traveling the dirt road known at least to us as Elk Road in Lake County. At the northern end of Hamilton Road, instead of veering toward Seaman Lake you go straight onto a dirt road which takes you into the heart of the Manistee National Forest.

Along that route, you go by the tree farm that Dave Norris speaks of down the Bloody Antler Trail and then through many twists and turns until you reach the Free Soil Road.  Along the way there are many points where Darlene and I like to stop the car and get out with our two huskie dogs, Frick and Frack. 

There aren’t many houses out this way as it is rather desolate once you leave the Seaman Lake area.  There is a side road that leads directly to Big Bass Lake Road and there are a few houses along that way.  We avoid that road and stay on Elk Road. 

If you ever get the chance take this road and explore where you can.  Every now and then you will spot a deer crossing the road or even a bear if you’re lucky.  Not many cars travel Elk Road leaving you all to yourself.  So sit back and enjoy the ride!