Tag: trails

Biking through nature on Paint Creek Trail

While Mother Nature decides if fall is hitting Michigan early this year, I’m trying to get as much fun outdoor activity in as possible. My latest activity took me to Paint Creek Trail, an 8.9-mile trail that starts in Rochester and ends in Lake Orion. 2 Paint Creek Trail was the first rail-to-trail in Michigan.

Free or low cost activities keep summer fun

I’m always tempted to close my eyes when I see back to school supplies filling store shelves in July. And plug my ears when I hear people talking about fall activities. It’s only July and I’m milking every minute of our short Michigan summer weather! Besides there are still lots of activities I want to

Alone on the trail – tips for staying safe

I’m loving Michigan’s summer weather, with the sunshine and warm, yet bearable temps. Perfect weather for hiking our local nature trails and biking the many trails (rails to trails, mountain bike and more). I love being outside with family and friends, yet also enjoy some quiet “me” time. Let’s admit it though – these are

Discovering Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

I always love discovering hidden gems near me and it was kind of a fluke that I found Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester. A random Google search pulled up the nature center’s program schedule, which included mentions of hiking options. After a more thorough search of their website, I registered my youngest niece and

Preserving nature in Las Vegas (Part 3)

Las Vegas, Nevada is certainly well-known for the casinos, glitzy nightlife, excessive wants and expensive lifestyle. Did you know that Las Vegas means “the meadows” in Spanish? It was named this by explorers who found the springs and meadows surrounding the area. Not too far off the famous Strip are quiet parks, nature preserves and

Roaming Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas, Part 1)

When my husband was offered a short-term work project in Las Vegas, I admit I wasn’t thrilled. However, I was invited to visit on weekends so we decided to make the most of the opportunity. I recently left the cold and snow behind for the city that never sleeps. 2 We decided to rent a

Playing at beautiful Ludington State Park

During my family’s recent trip to the west side of Michigan, we spent a day at Ludington State Park. Ludington is approximately 25 minutes from Barothy Lodge, where we were staying for a week. 2 Ludington State Park is a 5,300-acre park located on seven miles of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The park is an instant

Exploring local kid-friendly trails and nature center

I love being outside and am so happy that my nieces and nephew share the feeling. I’ve taken the two oldest nieces camping and hiking in the past so decided it was time to take the next two on the trails. I picked Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township because it’s one of my favorite

Escaping city life to play at Stony Creek Metropark

Hard to believe, and even harder to admit, but Justin and I finally went on our first hike of the year over the weekend to Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. For years I participated in or taught a backpacking class so was on the trails after the first spring thaw (my titanium knee/femur prohibits

New year, new goals to keep me focused

Well, here it is. Another year. These new years always seem to creep up on me, even though I’m aware this is the cycle every year! One minute I’m enjoying sunshine and summer fun, the next I’m layering clothes to stay warm in the snow and putting up the Christmas tree. 2 While I’m not