|Sunday, 22 May 2011||11:21 PM|
|Mushroom Hunt with the MMHC|
On Sunday, 5/22/11 I did something a little different. Rather the leading a Hike, or participating in some outdoor Event, I joined in on an organized Mushroom Foray, led by the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club. the Foray was led by Antione, and started at 10am at the Park.
Antione is a very knowledgeable Mushroom hunter and outdoors-man, and if not for his expertise, none of us novice hunters would have even found a morel. the hunt started out slowly, with not much of any kind of mushrooms being found. It goes that way sometimes. It is like Fishing. It isn't always whether you catch a fish or not, but the places you fish and the outdoors you experience.
As the miles stacked up, we started to find some white Morels. After taking a break back at the parking area, we headed over to another spot at the Park. A place that Antione knew well. Very quickly we started pulling up white Morels. Very exciting I must say. Like searching for Gold. Once you have found one, you need to find more.
I cannot tell you how much fun I had for the afternoon. We started at 10am and finished at 5:30pm. We probably covered at least 15 miles, not including some of the many back and forths in certain spots, in search of Morels. But it was very interesting and a ton of fun. Some very educated individuals where part of the Hike, and their knowledge in many outdoor areas was a wonderful addition to the hike, while we searched.
I will be cooking up my batch of Morels tomorrow evening for dinner. Doesn't get fresher then this.
There was much going on while we hunted thye meadows and tree lines. Snakes, wild flowers, and many critters.
Everyone gathered in the Parking area
Antione instructs the hikers before the Foray
One of the many overflowing creek feeders we refreshed ourselves at
Water Snake on a rock, overlooking a creek....hunting
Double headed wild Geranium. This one was twice as deep purple as all the others
Wild Millipede crossing the trail
The first white Morel we found
The biggest...baddest Morel we found
|Thursday, 28 April 2011||8:02 PM|
|New ID sheet Downloads|
We have been updating and adding new PDF files to our website's "DOWNLOADS" page. There is a new Spring Flowers ID sheets, a new Tree leaf ID sheet and some new maps as well. Check it out on the DOWNLOADS page of the website.
|Sunday, 24 April 2011||11:19 PM|
|New HOLLAND PONDS Friends fan page|
We started a Holland Ponds Friends Fan page on facebook. The site has Maps, pictures and info about the Heron nesting area, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center and links to pictures and videos of the Park. Stop in and see the site and become a FAN.
|Monday, 4 April 2011||5:51 PM|
|BATS....what to do?|
OK.....we have a fellow HM member who is having a problem with Bats on the property. They have been removed from the attic, but they would like the Bats to remain on the property. I know one of you where talking in detail about Bat houses and how to set up habitats for them on your property. Could you either list the info or email me directly on how to set up housing for our Bat friends.
|Sunday, 20 February 2011||4:54 PM|
|2/19/11 SNOW SHOE Day Reviewed|
Well......even with only some snow on the ground, we got over 40 people to come on out and Shoe and Hike. The Snow Shoe class at the Stony Creek 3 season building, by REI staff Kelly & Robbie, was just OUTSTANDING! They where very informative and helpful in all aspects of Snow Sheing and the clothing, footwear and additions to this winter activity. Their program was just plain Fun too.
The class split up into Snow Shoers and Hikers afterwards. We all merged again at the 3 season building and Campfire pit, for more food then I personally could handle.Hot Tea, and Chocolate too. We all sat around afterwards and discussed Snow Shoeing and the trails, sharing our experiences and gaining even more knowledge on Snow Shoeing. I cannot Thank both REI and Stony Creek Nature Center for all they did to make this such an informative and fun afternoon for us. Special Thanks to Bill Goodwin for his efforts in connectig the dots between REI and Stony Creek to coordinate this happening.
A very fun, informative and enjoyable afternoon outdoors at Stony!
Stony Creek - REI SNOW SHOE Day from Hiking Michigan on Vimeo.
Snow Shoers out on the Trail
Kelly & Robbie from REI doing the class
Possums hanging out at the Nature Center
Giant Turkey tracks and Turkey out on the trail
Woodpeckers seen through out the day
Young dead Coyote found along the trail
|Friday, 18 February 2011||3:30 PM|
|Northern Lights possible 2/18-19/11|
Cindy sent this in, along with the Detroit News article about it. Recent solar flares may produce Northern Lights this far south in Michigan, tonight and Saturday night. 2/18-19/11. Read the News article at this Link:
|Friday, 4 February 2011||6:37 PM|
|2/17/11 Ladies Night|
Hiking Michigan will have a table at this event, so come out and say Hi. It is also a great place to meet other local outdoors and Biking people and get some great deals as well. Drinks and Goodies provided. Nice way to spend a Thursday evening. And it's FREE. See You all there.
Check out Macomb Bike & Fitness web site here:
Download a Flyer for the Thursday Ladies Night event here:
|Sunday, 9 January 2011||8:08 PM|
|My visit to Highland Oaks - a new Oakland County Park|
I hiked the trails at Highland Oaks County Park this afternoon for the first time. The weather was great and I was interested in exploring this relatively-new county park.
The parking lot is located off of Milford Road. The only restroom facility is a porta-john. There are about two miles of well-defined trails in the park so far. Hikers and horses are welcome. Bikers are not.
My opinion at this time is the park is still new and more trails need to be created. There are some non-official spurs that offer additional points of interest.
Here is a map of the park if you are interested in an easy one hour hike.
|Sunday, 5 December 2010||1:21 AM|
|EAGLES at STONY CREEK|
Judy and I went there today. We checked out the northern lake (Parked at
Ridgewood and walked down to the lake) and saw more "hoodies" than we could
count and "ticked off" Common Mergansers on our Macomb list. No eagles. We
were there about 1 pm when the siren test went off - as well as the birds.
Then we checked a few places and finally at Winter Cove saw an eagle fly
over past the island toward the boat launch. Thinking I saw it in some
distant trees, I pulled out the scope. I was wrong - just another
"vegetative bird". But then, a "black dot" emerged in the distance past the
tree. Finally I got the scope on it. Whew! It's very hard working a scope to
see a moving target without freezing fingers! Eventually I snapped a great
mental photo thru the scope - perfect - a Stoney Bald Eagle! Lovely bird!
(OK, Technogeeks, when can I run a USB connect from brain to computer?)
I did get some identifiable regular pics, and will share on my blog when
Better yet, we stopped at the Shorefishing Parking to see if anything
besides the few hundred coots we saw from the road were present. No.
But just as we were back at the car and leaving, the eagle came in and took
a few passes (WOW!) at the coots and went off empty-handed to its "regular
For those planning to seek out the eagle, its usual location is near the
Shorefishing Parking. Walk across the road to the fishing point and look to
your left. The eagle likes the tallest first tree at the first point (marsh
grasses at base) to the left. Besides the coots we also saw a diving
I say this like I know something ... Yet it was just luck! However, I guess
I really DO know something. A couple at Winter Cove pointed out a horizontal
branch on a tall tree (about half way to Shorefishing from there) to us as
its usual place. And. while we watched the eagle from our vantage near the
road at Shorefishing Parking, a Metropark Police officer drove by, saw us
and pulled over, and told us that this was the eagle's usual hangout. He
knew we were looking for the eagle because we had talked with him at Winter
Cool! Maybe not tri-angulated, but definitely now bi-angulated - and
actually pinpointed! We know a specific place and tree!
Plus you can also check out Mark's recommendation of the northern
impoundment. Maybe without sirens the couple hundred mergansers will stay
longer, and maybe the cruising eagles will be there.
Like I said I'll blog later - actually I have a great illustrated story to
tell! But I wanted to get out the info now.
Again, Thanks Mark! That is why we went today. Please do post more Stoney
Creek updates for birders! And please tell the officer we really appreciated
his interest and his sharing of info at Winter Cove and Shorefishing
Parking. You guys are what Metroparks are really all about! Yes, please pass
my accolades "up the chain" if appropriate.
"Dr. Bob" Setzer
Streamwood Estates, Rochester Hills (Crooks & Hamlin), Oakland County
"Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day." Teaching a man to "bird"
is much harder!
|Thursday, 2 December 2010||7:55 PM|
I have known Charity for many years now. She is one of the original organizers with the Michigan Adventurers Club. Well she has started something a little different with a new "Meet-up" Group, dealing with emotional problems and the stress of every day life. She is a Therapist by trade, and has experience in these areas. The group gets together and discusses emotional problems and the Stress issues of every day life. Check out this new Meet-up Group at the Link below.
|Friday, 5 November 2010||7:48 PM|
|Hiking Michigan BLOG|
In case you have'nt noticed, Hiking Michigan has it's own BLOG at WORDPRESS. We have now put a Link to the Blog in the web sites navigation menu-top.(HM Blog) We are kinda experimenting with the Blog as well. It is easier to upload pictures and dociments to the Blog, over the difficulty people have mentioned on the BULLETIN BOARD. If this Blog spot works out to be easier for everyone, we will embed it into the web site and eliminate the BULLETIN BOARD all together. We are always open to suggestions and ideas. This is actually why we are trying a Blog, as an easier means for people to not only post text, but pictures, maps and documents.
Check out the H.M. BLOG at this Link:
|Monday, 11 October 2010||10:33 PM|
|My Book Review|
Well.....I just finished a book that Chris gave to me. The Complete guide to Camping. Pretty big hard-covered book, with every detail you could possibly want for a camping experience. OH.....did I mention that it was published in 1961? Hay.....it was popular enough to be reprinted 4 times up until 1964.
I love reading books like this. There are some great old ways of doing things that have been forgotten or thrown away and should have been. There are also ridiculous suggestions on equipment and comforts as well. In-between the giggles on canvas tents, and those new modern style Nylon tents coming onto the market, I found a treasure of great woodsman ways that will stand forever.
It was nice to see the Marine time and directions sticks method in the book. We have played with them on a couple of HM hikes and it works perfectly when a compass or watch are not available. There where some excellent basic Knot tieing examples. Except these gave the suggestions on where to use the knots and other knots as options. There where some great fire techniques too. How to use fire for cooking and heating your area in high winds or in rainy conditions. It's easy to get used to dousing the wood in the metal ring with lighter fluid and striking your lighter. Creating certain kinds of fires for cooking, heating an area of camp or directing your fire are becoming lost arts. Although I do still enjoy a half a bottle of lighter fluid and no sweat. The Campfire queen and Princess will attest to that. But that's not very good for packing..
I liked the Book overall. It is good to not loose some of the old ways. Some of them never become old way.....just the best ways.
|Sunday, 3 October 2010||6:41 PM|
|Wolcott Mill HIKE Reviewed|
Very interesting day. Got to the park early with Mark & Kristin, only to get pretty wet trying to figure out how to still have a Picnic. We gave up on that idea and hundled under a small roof near the parking area, as many people called and canceled because of the non-stop rain. Then....a little before 12pm a few hikers showed up and we laughed at how there was only so much room under this small roof. Then....about 15 Cubscouts and their parents, along with more hikers and their Moms, show up in the rain. Roof overflow. So we all decided to head our in the rain anyways. Three minutes fater we leave, the rain stops and is never seen again for the day. We ended up with a great Hike! Mark took a few people all the way over to the collapsed Bridge on the river, and the rest of our large group did the Mother Earth loop.
When we returned, we set up a kinda Picnic site near the Mill and ate some grand cake that Mark had made. A beautiful HM special cake. It looked and tasted ghreat! We hung out under the Pine tree for awhile, comsuming as much sugar as we all could take. and then some of us headed over to the Farm. Wehad the Farm all to ourselves and wandered around for a bit. Very peaceful way to end what did'nt turn out to be a Rain-out day. Still cannot beleive how the whole day went.
The excellent cake that Mark & Kristin made for the Hike. Had to have three pieces to truly sample this cake because one side was chocolate, the other side was white cake and the center was marble. Have to be fair now.
The wait started with only a few people, and then quickly overflowed.
Mark's group got a chance to see the old Farm bridge that was washed out.
Suprisingly.....many Shroons along the way
Some beautiful Prarie meadows too
The Scouts and the parents all had fun at the Dam
The Cliffs along the river are always one of my favorite places at the park
The kids and adults both had fun at the Farm
This is just how I slept after all the cake and hiking. What a great day for something I thought would be a rain day.
|Saturday, 18 September 2010||1:06 PM|
|What Did You Do This Summer?|
The Ortonville Recreation Area hike tomorrow (Sun 9/19) is the last official HM hike of Summer 2010. With the weather getting cooler and the arrival of autumn on Wednesday, let's bring back some of those great summer memories we all have.
Did you find somewhere in SE Michigan and/or the surrounding area that was just fantastic? Maybe a park or trail, a reserve or nature center? A lake, pond, river or stream? Tell us what made it special and why you would definitely return and recommend it to all of Hiking Michigan.
Maybe you took up a new activity this summer -- hiking, boating, camping. Tell us about that, too. Did you find a favorite campground, lake, or trail? Or did you try them all?
For me, I found kayaking. I am hooked and seriously considering my own boat. Quiet World Sports in Jackson offers an excellent beginners class that is about 4 hours on the water and they let you try out several kayaks to find the one just right for you. Locally, Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston has a wonderful launch site for those with their own boat, as does Highland Recreation Area in White Lake Township. Independence Oaks and Groveland Oaks (Holly) also rent kayaks.
Join in on the fun! Be the first to share with the rest of us what you did in Summer 10.
|Monday, 13 September 2010||12:57 AM|
|Huron Meadows Metro Park hikes|
Last weekend, I went to Huron Meadows Metropark to hike the trails there. I hiked about 7 miles of trails in the southern part of the park. There's some really nice trails there east of the park road (don't go west unless you like muck). The trails are well cleared with lots of nice bluffs overlooking the Huron River.
Today, I went back to hike the trails in the north part of the park. What I said about the southern trails still applies. The trails in the southern part of the park are nice, with lots of good views. Yes, that means don't waste your time in the northern part of the park. The southern part is worth a trip, though.
|Friday, 27 August 2010||12:38 PM|
|SUM MORE Fest - Southfield|
This Saturday is Southfields Parks and Rec. "Sum More Fest". Saturday, 8/28/10, 11AM-3PM and on Sunday, 8/29/10 from 2PM-6PM. Everything from DISC DOGS of MICHIGAN, to a Vintage 1800s Baseball game. All types of fun activities close to home. Check out more details at the Link here:http://www.cityofsouthfield.com/NewsEvents/tabid/158/mid/1480/newsid1480/804/City-of-Southfield-to-host-SumMore-Fest-August-28-29/Default.aspx
|Sunday, 15 August 2010||8:47 PM|
|You Never Know|
I went hiking at Holland Ponds today with my son Sean and dog Ozzy. About a mile in it started raining. Since Tornado hike (H.M Trail talk) I always bring a kitchen garbage bag for each of us. They sure did the trick. Sean and I were dry and happily playing the rain. Thanks Rob!
|Tuesday, 3 August 2010||2:11 PM|
|SANILAC PETROGLYPHS Open House|
If you have never bee to the Sanilac Petroglyphs before, this would be one of your best opportunities to do so. This Saturday, 8/7/10, starting at 10AM, there is an OPEN House at the park. Various groups and Organizations will be set up around the Rock Carvings, as well as Historical Society Interpreters. Our good frined karen Burr will be in attendance with her Native Flute Gathering.
If you would like further info about this event, stop in at Karen's Facebook page and see the Scheduled event there. This is a truly magical place, and something is happening there.
|Thursday, 15 July 2010||11:38 PM|
|GO GET OUTDOORS|
Hiking Michigan is sponsoring a new web site called "GO GET OUTDOORS". It's all about getting people out to the Parks in Southeastern Michigan. We selected the 8 counties that comprise S. E. Michigan and have attempted to list out ALL the Parks and Nature Centers located there. A kinda one stop place to find these parks through out the region. We have created Maps to each of the Parks, with information and contact numbers for the park. We have set up a Picture Library for each park, so you can get an idea of what is going on there and what specific spots look like. We need YOUR input. Let us know if we missed a Park on the site, or if you have a favorite park in S. E. Michigan. Maybe you have some great pictures you would like to share and give others a chance to go and experience these places that YOU love so much.
Check out the web site and let us know what you think, or send us some pictures. We will use them for the various park descriptions and info.
GO GET OUTDOORS
Join the Facebook FAN page here:
|Sunday, 20 June 2010||11:30 AM|
|HISTORY HIKE Reviewed|
No rain as expected, and a great turn out for the hike. Plenty of new people in attendance, and that's always nice. Because of the large turn out, we split up into two groups at time. This allowed everyone to see the features and hear some of the info. It worked well this way.
There where some new discoveries made out on the trails, and it was very interesting how so many eyes looking around can spot the smallest things. We visited the Carriage house, with a few of us going around the side to explore some of the other entrances underground and the septic system. roaming around the Lodge for awhile, we then headed to the USGS marker at the highest point and then down a section of the Tobaggan run. We came out on the trail near the Fountain and explored there for a bit. Following the trail back, we stopped at the Pool. That's one of my favorite places on the estate. We returned down the Chief Pontiac trail to the parking area, where there was plenty of ice waters on hand. Along with various cookies and treats. relaxing a bit in the shade, many people went on the second hike around Haven Hill lake. A total of about 10 miles for the day. Quite the hiking day. Seen alot for this afternoon, but I have NO pictures. I took my camera and one of the video cameras, but never pulled either one out of their bags. I guess they enjoyed the hike anyways.