Northern Border: A Year’s End Salute to Hiking

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Sixty-five! That’s how many times I set out on a trail within the boundaries of Oakland County this year. Most were short meanders of three or four miles that followed designated trails in our Oakland County Parks, the Huron Clinton Metroparks or wildlands managed by local units of government. Some hikes were adventuresome treks of ten or more miles in our State Recreation Areas and State Parks managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. All were pleasurable, even when mosquitos swarmed, thunder rumbled, the mercury plunged, or humidity glued my shirt to my chest. Song birds sang, snakes slithered, owls hooted, turkeys trotted, Sandhill cranes trumpeted, turtles sun bathed, and once at dusk a coyote yipped. On a snowy day, both a cardinal and a deer froze for photos as I meandered close by both of them. It was a good year and I met people who shared the passion of the wilder side of nature’s way. Continue reading

The Chill of Fall & Cider Mill Frills for All

Temps are chilly, and the flavors of fall are crisp. It’s the season that brings friends and families together on breezy days and cooler nights.

Colorful trees make the perfect backdrop for a trip to a local cider mill. Regardless of what strikes your fall fancy, Oakland County is home to several cider mills that produce locally grown apples.

Other fall goodies like fresh apple cider, donuts, pumpkin pie and even ice cream can be purchased and enjoyed. Visit a cider mill in and around Oakland County for the best fall treats. Check out our full list of locations or use our interactive map for Oakland County cider mills.

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