WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
The footpath in the woods of the Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park is truly a trail less traveled. It’s the kind of place where one does not need to seek out solitude, for they will feel blessed with its presence and soothed by the sound of restless winds and flowing water. Continue reading
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” That memorable quote of Thoreau applied perfectly late last Thursday afternoon as I set out to explore Draper Twin Lake Park during the Polar Vortex. The temperature hovered at zero degrees. I resigned myself to the influence of the earth and with situational awareness in mind, and a brave nature-loving friend in tow, it was time for my first nature exploration winter hike at Draper. Continue reading
Oakland County is home to seven “u-cut” tree farms. Enjoy the holiday tradition of cutting your own tree whether it’s your first adventure or an annual tradition. Check out our interactive map and full list to find the best tree farm for you:
Before you head out to find your special tree, prepare yourself with these tree farm tips:
- Dress for the weather, and be prepared for snow.
- Check ahead for special events such as Santa visits, hayrides, hot cocoa and cider.
- Some farms may not accept credit or debit cards; call ahead or bring cash or checks just in case.
- Avoid tripping or falling by watching out for hidden stumps while walking on the farm.
- Prepare your home ahead of time to make sure your tree’s path inside is obstruction-free.
- Read through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)‘s comprehensive list of tree and decoration safety precautions to avoid hazards to your safety and property.
For more tips visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association website here. Stay warm and have fun!
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The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations for the 31st annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive from November 1st to November 30th. Clean, gently-used or new coats can be dropped off at one of their drop-off sites around Oakland County. All Oakland County locations of Real Estate One HQ and Genisys Credit Union are drop-off sites. Additionally, donors will receive up to $50 off the cost of a pet adoption ($10 per donated coat, up to five coats) at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center.
For a list of all drop-off sites, click the button below:
Donated coats will be sent to various local charitable organizations who distribute the coats to community members in need.
The woodlands of Oakland County are a sensory delight after a rainy September day. The forest floor takes on a richer scent, flowers smell sweeter, fungi flourishes and a very fortune few have chance to sniff chanterelles. The cherished funnel-shaped fungus has a slight apricot-like aroma and is one of the most sought after and delectable mushrooms in these waning days of summer. Searching for chanterelles almost makes me forget about morels, that is until next spring. It was a public program last Sunday morning titled “Fall Mushrooms of Michigan” that lured me back to Lost Lake Nature Park, a 56-acre park administered by Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission. I wanted to find a chanterelle. Continue reading