When the Moon Shadows Dance

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Night hiking is always an adventure, but it becomes a five-star adventure on a winter’s night. Hiking with a good friend, a group of friends, or like-minded adventurers adds to the pleasure, but even solo night trekkers are never really alone. Unseen creatures rustle through brush, or crunch through crusty snow stirring our senses into hyperactivity. The hooting of owls is a thrilling and comforting sound that brings smiles for those in the know. Yet sometimes, the whinnies of Screech Owls, deep melodious hoots of Great Horned Owls and the caterwauling conversations of the swampland-loving Barred Owls send shivers down the backs of folks who never tread trails after the sun sets. Continue reading

Floating on Snow: Cross-country Skiing in Oakland County

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Have you tried cross-country skiing?

Like rowing or swimming, it is a great workout that uses every major muscle group. And since rowing and swimming are not very practical in the Michigan winter, cross country skiing is a good way to shed a few of those extra holiday pounds you may have added.

If you are new to the sport, their are two styles of cross-country skiing: traditional and skate skiing. With the traditional skiing technique, your skis are pointed straight forward and your feet do not have to leave the ground. In skate skiing your movements are closer to those of a roller or inline skater.

Most will advise you to take a lesson your first time out. It can reduce the amount of frustration of learning on your own or worse yet, the chore of unlearning bad habits.

You will soon enjoy the peacefulness of floating across the snow. Continue reading