|Monday, 14 June 2010||6:28 PM|
|GET OUTDOORS Reviewed|
We had a great time at Greenfield Village this last Saturday. The Metro Parks, Oakland Co. Parks, MiGO, Stewardship and Invasive Species people, and of course the USFS where all there. Even REI had a tent and various equipment set up. There was the deputy director of the US Forest Service and some of the dividion heads there as well. Just a bunch of interested and dedicated people for the Outdoors.
We had great difficulty getting an Internet connection going at the Village, so we only captured some bits and pieces of the afternoon on our attempt at a LIVE Feed, on-line. Mostly the Hike was covered. Where park employee Kathy ended up leading the Hike. She was great! She new the Island and the back areas like they where her own.
We finished our day and Hike by sitting and enjoying an 1800s baseball game near the Island. Sipping Root-bear of course. A good day, all and all.
The HM booth inbetween to MiGO and the USFS
Our guide Kathy for the Oxbow Island Hike
The "REAL" Smokey Bear was there!
Yes....the real Woodsy Owl was also there.
|Thursday, 10 June 2010||1:34 AM|
|Live Video STREAMING-6/12/10|
This Saturday, at the Greenfield Village, GET OUTDOORS Day Event, we will be doing our first Live Video Feed on-line. What that means is that we will have a number of video cameras located around the Event and Village, filming LIVE as the programs and day progresses. We are trying to work up a remote pack so even our special Island Hike after the Event will be broadcast LIVE over the Internet.
The Hiking Michigan web site and the GO GET OUTDOORS web site will both have this Live Streaming video running from 9AM-3PM at Greenfield Village. Look for more info before the Saturday Event. Should be an exciting and very different day. So if you cannot make it to the National GET OUTDOORS Event, or the Hiking Michigan Hike afterwards, then tune in on one of the on-line Streaming feeds and take a look at what's goin on. See You all there, one way or the other.
|Thursday, 27 May 2010||5:09 PM|
|Insect Repellent & Sun screen|
It is that time once again. The "SKEETERS" are out and that sun is a blazin. We put together a Tips sheet to assist you having a better time while out on the Trails at this time of year. Although we focus on Insect Repellents that contain "DEET". There are a number of alternatives. Lotions with "PICARADIN" works on some people to repel the SKEETERS. "BURTS BEES" has a natural repellent that again works on some people. Even "Skin so Soft" the moisturizer will work for some people. Each of us need to experiment and see what works best for each of us. Unfortunaely, I am one of those people that need the more Toxic DEET in my repellent, to keep the SKEETERS off of me. I have already experimented with everything and found the only thing to work for me is an insect repellent that contains at least 30% DEET.
Take a look at the suggestions sheet below and then experiment for yourself, to find the right repellent and the right level of Sun screen. It is worth the effort, for a bettere time out on the Trails.
Download the Info sheet for Repellent and Sunscreen here:
|Thursday, 20 May 2010||9:57 PM|
|My first porcupine|
I saw my first porcupine at Tawas Point State Park last weekend. Checkit out. My next goal is to see a Michigan Black Bear.
|Wednesday, 12 May 2010||7:35 PM|
|New Passport Park Stickers|
Chris just sent me the latest on what will be happening with the State Parks entry stickers. Very interesting reading.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Recreation Passport FAQs
Q. What is the Recreation Passport?
A. The current funding model for state parks is not adequate to meet current and future operation and maintenance needs of the state park system. The Recreation Passport is an alternative way to fund programs for state parks, forest recreation and augment local government recreation programs. It replaces the traditional state park and boating Motor Vehicle Permit (MVP) system in place since 1961 at state parks, recreation areas and boat launches.
Q. Why is this being proposed now, whats wrong with the current system?
A. The DNRE, Recreation Division lost all taxpayer support for its programs in 2004. Since then, park operations have been funded primarily from user fees. Currently, we are able to address less than 1% of the critical infrastructure repair needs annually ($38 million needed), and are about $4.8 million short of adequately funding day-to-day park operations. Without an alternative funding structure in place, drastic cuts to park programs and services were inevitable.
Q. I dont use state parks, so why should I buy the Recreation Passport?
A. Parks and forests offer benefits for all. Your support will protect our unique lands and waters for future generations. The state park program benefits local economies by generating more than $650 million in local tourism spending. Supporting this program through the purchase of the Recreation Passport will help to ensure a vibrant tourism industry, a healthy local economy, and leave a legacy for generations to come.
Q. Why should I give the state more money? I already pay too much in taxes.
A. Participation in the Recreation Passport program is optional, not mandatory, and taxpayer support of the state parks ended in 2004. Over the past four years the state park budget has been reduced by $2.8 million each year. Permanent staffing of state parks has diminished nearly 15% since 2000 and Michigan is recognized nationally as operating one of the most efficient state park systems in the country.
Michigan has 98 state parks and recreation areas and maintains over 1,000 boating access sites. The park system is one of the largest in the nation, but, is tied for dead last in public funding support. The park system has been unable to keep up with infrastructure repairs and replacements and it is only a matter of time before the failure of a critical support system in a state park puts that park out of business.
Q. How does the Recreation Passport program work?
A. Instead of purchasing a Motor Vehicle Permit for park or boat launch entry ($6/day or $24/year) motorists will be asked to pay a voluntary $10 fee when they renew their vehicle plate registration. This fee would authorize entry into state parks and boat launches for the period of the registration (1 year). Camping fees at state parks and state forests will remain in place. This program will provide an affordable method for the general public to invest in the assets of the state park, boating, state forest and local recreation programs.
Q. When will this happen?
A. The Recreation Passport will take effect on October 1, 2010.
Q. Will I still need a park sticker in 2010?
A. Yes. Motor vehicle permits will be on sale through September 30, 2010 and all 2010 motor vehicle permits are valid for entry through December 31, 2010.
However, beginning October 1, the Recreation Passport funding model begins. This means that if you plan to use state parks or state administered boating access sites after your vehicle registration is due, you will need to pay the $10 fee, which will cover that vehicle for 12 months.
Further details on how we will manage the internal processes for the months of October through December 2010 will be coming soon.
Q. How will park rangers know that I paid the Recreation Passport fee?
A. The license plate renewal sticker received from the Secretary of State will have a designation that indicates the Recreation Passport payment. If an individual purchases their Recreation Passport fee at the park, the park will provide an identifying sticker.
Q. If I forget to pay the Recreation Passport fee when I register my vehicle, can I still get into the park?
A. Yes, however, you will be required to pay the Recreation Passport fee upon entry.
Q. Do I need a Recreation Passport to visit a state forest trail or stay at a state forest campground?
A. No, but you are still required to pay the camping fee at state forest campgrounds.
Q. How does the Recreation Passport program benefit state forest recreation?
A. State forest campgrounds have experienced decreased funding, resulting in the closure of 12 campgrounds in the last two years. The Recreation Passport program requires that 7% of the net revenues received by the DNRE is dedicated to support state forest campgrounds, pathways and non-motorized trails.
Q. I have more than one vehicle, do I need the Recreation Passport for every vehicle?
A. Great states have great state parks. Registering more than one of your vehicles is an affordable way to contribute to the vitality of the state by:
Funding outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities
Providing stewardship of our unique natural resources and protection of critical habitat
Stimulating $650 million in tourism
Enhancing the quality of life for Michigan residents
Attracting new businesses and jobs to the state
Contributing to local economies near state parks, state forests, trails and boating facilities
Protecting our beautiful natural resources for future generations
Q. Can I still just buy a resident daily state park permit once the Recreation Passport program is in place on October 1, 2010?
A. No, after October 1, 2010, the Recreation Passport program replaces all park entry permits for Michigan residents.
Q. How do out-of-state visitors participate in this program?
A. Out-of-state visitors will still be required to purchase non-resident stickers at a cost of $29 annually or $8 daily, as they do now.
Q. What will happen to staff that sold stickers?
A. Staff hours that were used to collect and remit entrance permit funds will be used to enhance guest experiences through improved programs and services. Redeploying staff hours will allow flexibility and improve efficiency. For example, some units can use more safety and security help. Other units may add programming, maintenance and janitorial effort.
Q. Who developed this Recreation Passport program?
A. This initiative grew out of a proposal developed by the Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks seeking to establish a long term, stable funding source for the state park system and other public recreation entities.
Q. Will I need to pay the $10 for my ATV/ORV when I go to the Silver Lake Dunes?
A. The entrance procedure to the dunes at Silver Lake is still in the planning phase. When the plan is formalized the answer will appear here.
Q. Will the $10 fee increase each year?
A. The fee may go up based the Consumer Price Index rounded to the nearest dollar.
Q. Right now, senior citizens can get a yearly pass for $6.00 (age 65+). What happens to this? Will we still get the pass for the $6.00 discounted cost, instead of paying the $10.00 yearly fee for the Recreation Passport?
A.The Citizens Committee carefully reviewed all aspects of the proposals before they were submitted. There were seniors on the committee and this matter was discussed in detail. The senior citizen members felt that the program needed to be kept as simple as possible. They unanimously agreed this was a good way to leave a legacy for their grandchildren and future generations. The committee also indicated that the $6.00 rate for a Motor Vehicle Permit had been the same for many years and that a slight increase to $10.00 was appropriate.
The Bridge Pass park permit designed for qualifying low income Michigan residents - currently $18.00 - will also now be $10.00. Maintaining one rate for all is intended to reduce confusion during vehicle registration.
Q. Where can I get more information about this Recreation Passport program?
A. Please see the media briefing document, available at HYPERLINK http://www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport"http://www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport , or call the Recreation Division Office at 517-373-9900.
|Tuesday, 27 April 2010||9:52 PM|
|New HIKES Schedule starts May12th|
We are taking a short Spring break and getting a few things going for what we expect to be a big and exciting summer and Fall of Hikes, Canoe trips, overnight Camps, Orienteering, The Big REI Camping equipment exhibition, the MiGO geocachers led Hike and much more.
Look for the new schedule to be out by May 12th. Until then we have posted a few Hikes on the Bulletin Board with various friends of ours. Have a great couple of weeks and we will see you all on May 12th when we resume with some Fantastic Hikes and outdoor Activities.
See You all out on the Trails,
|Monday, 19 April 2010||6:03 PM|
|Saturday 4/24/10 Wetzel Park Cleanup|
So many things going on this weekend for EARTH Day. The only State park in Macomb county is having their 12th annual Park Cleanup. The FRIENDS group there have been very instrumental in saving this park from being sold a number of years ago, and have also transformed the place into a wonderful natural place once again. Ponds, trails, Coon Creek and the Model Airplane flying field are just some of the many Park features.
Join the FRIENDS as they continue the fantastic work they have been doing for over 12 years now, this Saturday starting at 9AM. Take a look at the downloadable flyer for more details.
|Wednesday, 7 April 2010||1:52 PM|
|HM 1st Meeting Results|
We had our very first official group meeting this last Saturday at Holly Recreation Area. A good turn-out and plenty of great ideas and suggestions. Take a look at some of the ideas on the downloadable sheet below and keep the thoughts and suggestions coming.
Download the tesults sheet here:
|Thursday, 1 April 2010||10:43 AM|
|Oakland Press HM article mentioned|
Roger Beukema of the Oakland Press wrote a nice article about getting outdoors and wrote some very nice things about our Group. You can check out his article at the Link here:
Thanks Roger.....for promoting the outdoors and Parks in S.E. Michigan!
|Wednesday, 17 March 2010||11:00 AM|
|STAY in the SHADE Event|
5th Annual Bald Mountain "Mountain Man" 5.6 Mile Trail Run and 2.1 Mile Hike
Sunday March 28th, 2010 - 10:00am
Directions with Google Maps
All participants receive a t-shirt and free refreshments - donated by Whole Foods - and Jet's Pizza! Fire pits at start/finish for warmth (weather permitting).
Age group and overall winner prizes - glass mugs and Motor City Bootcamp passes -.
And as always SITS events are 100% volunteer run and all proceeds go towards our cause.
Another local Run by Motor City Bootcamp: Frozen Watters - Saturday, 3/20 - Bloomer Park Rochester.
Hope to see you out there this year! Email anytime with questions...
248 320 9102
|Tuesday, 2 March 2010||12:46 PM|
|Herbs for the Respiratory System|
leaves, lungs, barks & breath... herbs for the respiratory system
Sunday, March 7th from noon till 6(ish)
At Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center in Oxford, Michigan
$50/$40 in advance
Graciously sponsored by Living Free FoundationSM
Among the most common symptoms associated with colds and flus are coughs, congestion and other variations of respiratory woe. Most believe that if only their cough would just stop, or there child's nose would stop running, they'd be "all better" and good to go. But these "symptoms" are all actually defensive immune responses, and halting them in their tracks can actually suppress the body's immune response... most over the counter medications, and even many natural supplements, do just that.
Join herbalist jim mcdonald in an exploration of how the body responds to illness and how to use herbs holistically to assist the body's defenses, and not inadvertently undermine them (as often happens when people use goldenseal to "beat" their head cold). Special attention will be paid to differentiating patterns of damp, dry, spasmodic, hot and cold conditions, and understanding which herbs are appropriate in each state. As these patterns exist in all lung conditions, from bronchitis to asthma, the applications of this information are extensive.
jim mcdonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft for over 16 years, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of
19th century western herbalism. He has taught classes and workshops throughout the Great Lakes bioregion and the US, hosts the website www.herbcraft.org and is currently writing "A Great Lakes Herbal". Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft...
the plants themselves.
Please contact Jim at (248) 737-3589 or email@example.com regarding any questions or need of further information. Please also visit his website at www.herbcraft.org for info about his 9 month intensive course, starting in March (i.e.: "Last call!")....
To preregister, visit: http:www.uheac.org or send a check made out to them to:
Upland Hills EAC
2375 Indian Lake Rd
Oxford, MI 48370
|Sunday, 21 February 2010||9:26 AM|
|GRASS Lake Classes|
We have been friends with this Sancyuary and many of it's members since they started. The grounds are beautiful and their various classes on many different subjects are unique. Check out these Cooking classes they have planned. A couple of H.M. members have taken some of these classes in the past and have found them very rewarding.
Grass Lake Sanctuary presents
Gourmet natural foods and learning with health at its base
All classes held at the beautiful showcase kitchen in Big George's of Ann Arbor
Click here for directions to Big George's located at
2023 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
To Register Call (734) 748-5538 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds to benefit Grass Lake Sanctuary (a project of For Generations To Come). Come join the fun!
Classes are $15 and include food tasting and recipes.
Eat Your Greens! (And Make Them Delicious)with Marnie Burkman
February 22nd Green vegetables are loaded with nutrients that help keep our bodies and brains healthy, clear, and vibrant. However, most people do not eat enough greens on a daily basis, often due to concerns about convenience and taste. Tonights class will hopefully inspire you to find which greens your body loves and give you tips on easy, tasty recipes so you can truly enjoy your greens.Soups On!with Jim Dreyer and Tim Utter
February 24th Jim and Tim are back for another fun night in the kitchen. Warm up with delicious hearty and healthy vegetarian chili and French Garbure soup made with appetizing locally grown squash. We will be sharing easy-to-make recipes and our joy of being with friends in the kitchen.
Bringing It All Togetherwith Patty Hart
February 25th Food brings us together on many levels, especially when we cook it. Let's look at playing creatively in this class with the elements that make food fun and "stir" up our own special stew!
Gluten Free Dinner Partywith Joanna Mills
Learn to create a gluten-free dinner party with food that you'll be thrilled to serve your guests.
Cooking With Essential Oils
with Heather Brumwell
March 8th Essential Oils have been widely used aromatically, therapeutically, and, for this class, we are going to add them into some great culinary creations. Join in the fun as we explore creative ways to 'spice up' some old favorites. Drink Your Greens and Love It! Green Smoothies to Sweeten and Nourish Your Lifewith Tamara Wendt
Have a hard time digesting raw greens? Does fruit sugar space you out? This engaging and playful class will explore ways to get a lot more raw greens and fruit into your life--nutrition that is easy to digest, simple to prepare, and great tasting. Join us for inspirations from local gardens, and the success story of a person with food sensitivities.
Do you think someone else might enjoy these classes?
Well please forward to a friend.
You are receiving this message because you signed up to learn more about volunteering at a For Generation To Come Sanctuary event or on our website.
Our mailing address is:
For Generations To Come Sanctuary
18580 Grass Lake Rd
Manchester, MI 48158
They are in the middle of a web site redo, so you can still get some info at this Link:
|Tuesday, 9 February 2010||11:20 PM|
|Haven Hill HISTORY Hike|
Along with the Haven Hill Project team, we have put together a HISTORY HIKE at Highland Recreation area, Haven Hill. This is the site of the Edsel Ford Lodge and Estate.The area has both a state Historical and Natural area designation. There will be detailed Maps and history ID sheets for everyone in attendance. More details will be coming. Don't miss this one!
February 28th, 2010, Sunday 12PM
Download a map and more details for this Hike:
|Wednesday, 3 February 2010||8:21 PM|
My dog Ozzy and I are going hiking this Saturday. Can anyone recommend a cool trail system with little to no people? A couple weeks ago we tried Island Lakes Blue loop. We parked east of Island Lake and started at the tracks. We must have run into 50 joggers and bikers. Im just looking for a place not as populated. Been thinking about Bald Mtn. (never been there). Any recommendations??
|Monday, 1 February 2010||11:43 PM|
|HIKING MICHIGAN on FACEBOOK|
OK.......We are trying something different again. Since many of you wanted an RSS feed for a Calendar of Hikes and Activities, we have started a Facebook FAN page. By going there, we have our schedule posted in the RSS feed calendar, so it's downloadable to your SMART phone, Blackberry and gadgets. Join the FAN club on Facebook at this Link:
|Monday, 25 January 2010||7:54 PM|
|Join MAC for some Good Deeds!|
Announcing a new Meetup for Michigan Adventurers Club!
What: Volunteer Forgotten Harvest
When: Saturday, March 6, 2010 9:15 AM
21800 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
Let's take time out of our busy lives and spend a morning fighting hunger in Metro Detroit with, "Forgotten Harvest.".
When: Saturday,March 6th, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. ***We will probably be volunteering anywhere from 3- 4 hours. We will meet outside at 9:15a.m.
Where: Forgotten Harvest, 21800 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
What: This is the details from the volunteer coordinator at Forgotten Harvest, "Meal Assembly of prepared food for distribution. Please, no open-toed shoes, and/or shorts. What you will be doing is taking prepared foods and breaking them down into single serving meals and into family sized (4) meals. This is a real hands-on experience to provide food to the hungry. You will be working under the direction of people who prepare foods daily."
Forgotten Harvest was established in 1990 to fight hunger and waste. There mission is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. Last year they rescued 9.5 million pounds of food and redistributed to emergency food providers in Metro Detroit.
Learn more here:
|Sunday, 24 January 2010||2:29 PM|
|RECON mission Washed out|
Since the RECON Team got a wash-out on the final Island Lake Trails exploration for next Saturday's hike. We just may have the biggest RECON hike to date, and have next Saturday's hike, one big RECON mission. What I mean by this is.......Since the longtime north river trail has not been exposed and mapped for our hike, we just may, as a group, RECON hike this vanished trail. Which means some of our hike maybe a little exploratory in nature. No big deal since both trails eventually connect into the south side of the river, return trail. This will be our biggest RECON Team hike then. So I do believe this is what we are going to do for next Saturdays hike at Island Lake Recreation area.
|Tuesday, 19 January 2010||11:43 PM|
|H.M. RECON Team Heading Out|
This Saturday or Sunday, depending on what the whole team decides together, the Hiking Michigan RECON Team will be heading out to both Haven Hill at Highland Recreation area for some RECON of the upcoming HISTORY Hike for the Haven Hill Project, and we will also be heading back to Island Lake recreation area to do a second RECON of the Trails encircling the River there.
On our last visit to Island lake, the Park had moved the long time north shore trail, way up from running along the edge of the river. This was a most beautiful trail and this is the trail we want to do on the January 30th Hike. So we will be relocated that trail this weekend. There will be some exploring and possible floundering as we relocate this longtime trail and GPS it for the groups Hike. But that is what the RECON Team is all about.
We will also be doing a dry run for the yet unannounced date for the HISTORY Hike at Haven Hill in Highland recreation area. we know most of the trails we will be taking, but we do not know exactly where we want to take the group for phase 2 of the Hike in our raw explorations of a security building the FORDS had at the southern access rod. So some exploration will be need there to set up that phase of the upcoming Hike.
Those interested and those who have asked about some of the RECON Teams Hikes and actions are invited to drop me and email or call me as we put together what day over this weekend and what times work best for all the team members. We will post some basics of a proposed schedule on Thursday and see what prospective RECON Team members think about making those times and days.
Office: 586 446-7656
Feel free to email or call e with any questions, ideas or suggestions for this weekends RECON activities.
|Monday, 11 January 2010||5:54 PM|
|HIKES & ACTIVITIES Schedule|
Here is our first Hikes Schedule for the year. We have lots planned for the rest of the winter, and we hope that Mother Nature will cooperate with us in our efforts to Ski, Snow shoe, sled, winter camp and break the record for the largest snowman. (That would be 12 1/2 feet tall, from base snowball, to the tip of the snow head. Hat hieght and staff lengths are not included in this record breaking measurement)
So join us for one of the winter Hikes and activities or suggest one yourself. Or organize and lead one yourself. We'll help yopu do that, or organize it for you and you can lead us all to one of your favorite places in S.E. Michigan. That's how it works here. Most of you already know this, and realize that even many of what is on this schedule or in the upcoming schedules are YOUR suggestions and ideas. Our Group is operated this way. It's YOUR Group, so keep them ideas and suggestion coming in. It has only made things better and better all the time here. And 2010 looks like a banner year for us.
See You all out on those Trails!
Download a Hikes & Activities schedule here:
|Saturday, 2 January 2010||6:59 PM|
|JOIN IN for 2010|
The new HIKES & ACTIVITIES Schedule will be out next week and we have a Hike scheduled for 1/16/10 at our kinda home park....Holly Recreation area. With the new Trail Leaders, the H.M. RECON Team, and more active NewsLetter writers and editors, we hope that 2010 will be a banner year for Hiking Michigan.
2009 already seen changes to almost every aspect at Hiking Michigan. We crossed the 1,000 member mark, mixed in some faster paced-longer distance Hikes with new Trail Leaders, and have seen a whole new participation level from the existing and new members. Personally I thought things were wonderful here at Hiking Michigan. But the new active participation from so many members have made the Hikes and outdoor activities even more grand!
I have said this so many times, I am sure most of you are tired of hearing it, But,,,,,,it IS YOU, the members here at Hiking Michigan that make this group such a success and such a wonderful place to be. No one person can make that happen. It truly takes all the people that want this to be so. I guess I could list many of these people's names here, but I will not. You know who you are, and the level at what every member does here is to the best of their abilities. It all adds up together to make Hiking Michigan....a great place to be....and OUTDOORS FOR EVERYONE!