Sap’s Still Running in Oakland County!

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Legends crediting Native Americans with the “discovery” of maple sap flow into our history as easily as sap drips into a bucket on a sunny day on the dawn of spring. My favorite maple sap legend embraces the ways of nature, and salutes the keen observations of the first Americans. It goes something like this: Squirrels licking at sap, dripping from broken sugar maple twigs, in the waning days of winter attracted the attention of Native Americans. The liquid was collected to use in cooking and the process of evaporation sweetened the sap. The rest is history. I accept that as factual, for I often note “sapsicles” forming from broken maple twigs as the duel between winter and spring accelerates. I have also witnessed squirrels lapping at this gift of nature. When hiking in the early days of spring, I follow the behavior of squirrels and sample the trailside treats.

Photo Credit: Library of Congress

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 Polar Vortex Exploration at Draper Twin Lake Park

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

Fire & Ice Festival in Oakland County

The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester is back January 18th–20th for another year of family fun and winter festivities that you can enjoy for FREE. The three-day community celebration will be packed with events like tube sledding, ice skating, dog sled rides, cross-country skiing, ice sculptures along Main Street, fireworks on Friday and Saturday night, The Big, Bright Light Show, live music, TasteFest, and so much more!

Take a look at our video for a preview of the fun:

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Memories Created in Oakland County at the Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair brought over 100,000 people together at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi over Labor Day weekend. The annual event attracted people from all across the state for an exciting day full of fun for the whole family.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of thrilling Midway rides like the Orbiter and the Zipper while there was also a more relaxing Ferris wheel for everyone to enjoy. Food options were numerous with options varying from a Farmer’s Market to Elephant Ear stands. Musical acts delighted audiences throughout every day of the event.

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Halloween Fun at Detroit Zoo’s “Zoo Boo” in Oakland County

Families, some dressed in Halloween costumes walk down the Trick or Treat Trail at the Detroit Zoo's "Zoo Boo" An inflatable witch stand in the background next to a tree with yellow leaves.

Are you looking for a Halloween destination that’s all fun, and no fright? The Detroit Zoo’sZoo Boo” is the place for you. The “merry-not-scary” event is sure to bring Halloween excitement to your entire family!

Held the first three weekends in October, “Zoo Boo” offers a festive selection of fun Halloween attractions. Live entertainment acts include daring acrobatics, magic acts, live music, extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations, and more.

Guests of all ages are invited to wear their costumes and collect sweets by trick-or-treating along the pumpkin-lined “unlucky” 13-station trick-or-treat trail. Join the Detroit Zoo on their Green Journey by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag; bags will not be handed out at the event.

Check out our “Zoo Boo” video and get a preview of all the Halloween fun!

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