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Saturday September 20, 2014  
11:00 am Bald Mountain-South State Rec. Area Hike.
Hike 5-6 moderately-paced miles over wooded, rolling terrain, enjoying the fall beauty. Wear bright colors - hunters may be afoot. Sturdy shoes suggested for rocky sections/roots. Meet in G-s Pizza parking lot, NE corner of Greenshield & Lapeer Roads (3 miles north of the M-24 / Lapeer exit from I-75), eastern-most corner, using the Greenshield Road driveway. Optional restaurant stop after (at - you got it! G-s Pizza!). Bonnie, 248-589-2251C. (more)

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Sunday September 21, 2014  
12:00 pm Kensington Hike into Fall.
We will go to Kensington Metropark and look for the beginning of fall. We will take the nature trails through the woods, looking for wildlife, then take the trails around Wildwing Lake, searching for waterfowl resting on the calm water. A 5-mile hike at moderate pace from the Nature Center and back. Meet in Southfield at Noon at Tel-12 Mall, next to the Marathon Station, facing Telegraph. Restaurant stop after. Inge; 248-338-0906 (more)

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Sunday September 28, 2014  
12:00 pm Hike the Inwood Trails at Stony Creek MetroPark
We will hike about 5 miles on these level trails at a moderate pace. Highlights include a pond overlook with possible wildlife sightings, a stream crossing (via bridge), open fields and woods. Meet in Sterling Heights at SE corner of MetroPkway (16 Mile Rd) and Van Dyke, west edge of Meijers parking lot behind Sonic Drive-in on Van Dyke (next to Discount Tire on MetroPkwy). Optional restaurant stop after. Joanne, 248-932-5370H (more)

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Saturday October 4, 2014  
11:00 am (Sat.) Proud Lake 5-mile Hike.
As fall begins, we'll hike about 5 miles at a moderate to brisk pace in this level, wooded park along the Huron River. Bring water & boots; hike goes rain or shine. Interesting pond, bog and river views with a stop at the dam for possible trout or crane sightings. Optional restaurant stop after. From I-96 exit 159, follow Wixom Rd. N. 7 miles; use parking lot beyond ranger station. Tom Griebe, 248-349-8782H (more)

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Sunday October 5, 2014  
1:00 pm Bike Tour of Detroit - Green Infrastructure.
Join a bike tour of some of Detroit's environmental jewels, including examples of Green Water Infrastructure to help stop water pollution. Bring your bike, or rent one there, for this moderate paced ride. We will see the Riverfront, Midtown, the east side & examples of constructed wetlands, rain gardens, permeable pavers, etc. Helmet required. Goes rain/shine. Rentals: Wheelhouse Detroit, 313-656-2453. Meet at 1pm: Rivard Plaza, 1340 E. Atwater - next to the carousel. Melissa, 313-829-7235. (more)

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Thursday October 9, 2014  
6:00 pm (Thurs.) After-Work Paddle at Stony Creek MetroPark.
Decompress from your workday with a leisurely canoe or kayak paddle on Stony Creek lake. Bring your own boat or rent one there. Rentals must be returned by 8pm. PFD use is mandatory. Rental rates: 1 person kayak and canoe: $7 per hour per boat; 2 person kayak: $8 per hour per boat. $20 deposit per boat. MetroPark pass required. Optional restaurant stop after. Meet 6pm sharp at Boat Rental (go left just after entrance station to Mt. Vernon picnic area.) Bruce, 248-260-4840C. (more)

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Sunday October 12, 2014  
9:00 am A Canadian Caper - End to End Hike on Au Sable Trail
Experienced hikers will love this 6-mile trail along the river near Arkona (Ontario). Be prepared to cross streams and navigate some new trail. Sturdy hiking shoes a must; bring water, passport. Meet 9am in the NW corner of Vantage Point lot, 51 Water St, Port Huron OR 9:30 in the Tourist Info. Ctr, 1455 Venetian Blvd., Pte. Edward, ONT, (close to end of Blue Water Bridge, near currency exchange); 45 minute drive to the trailhead. Call if weather ? Judy Lindberg, 810-364-5871H, 810-278-6594C (more)

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11:00 am Island Lake State Park Hike.
Brace yourself for a late summer challenge: 9 miles on the west trail, rolling, deeply wooded, rivers edge trails, crossing the Huron River near our canoeing lunch stop. Bring lots of water, insect repellant and a trail snack. The colorful woods and pleasant fall day will lift your spirits. Optional restaurant stop after. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, SE corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S of the Marathon station. Leader: Joe ODell. 586-662-0984C. (more)

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Saturday October 18, 2014  
12:00 pm Brighton Rec. Area Hike.
We will see some very scenic spots on this 6-mile hike. The trees will be turning colorful stages of red, vermillion, gold and yellow as we go up and down the hilly trails. We go at a moderate to brisk pace, stopping at intersections and to have a water break. Wear good hiking boots, and a good outlook! Meet in Southfield at noon at Tel-12 Mall, park near the Marathon Station, facing Telegraph road. Restaurant stop after. Mike Scanlon, 313-884-2214. (more)

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Sunday October 19, 2014  
11:00 am Bald Mountain North Trails Hike.
The several loops of these trails make it easy to do a 5 or 8 mile long hike. We will let the weather and our moods decide which we will do. These are beautiful trails that cross creeks, climb into hardwood forests, meander through meadows, circumvent lakes and avoid briars and brambles as much as possible. Meet in Bloomfield Twp. behind the CVS pharmacy on the S.E. corner of Woodward & Square Lake Rd. (northeast end of lot). Restaurant stop after. Leader; Cindy Gunnip, 248-336-2984. (more)

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Saturday October 25, 2014  
10:00 am Stony Creek MetroPark Tri-Adventure.
Like a Triathalon but more fun, less work! Meet 10am at the Story Creek Nature Center for a 4-mile hike on the nature trails. About noon, enjoy your brown bag lunch in the company of other outdoors lovers. Reconvene at the Nature Center at 1pm for 15 miles of bike riding on the roads/trails with the option to bail at your discretion. Call if weather is questionable. Bonnie, 248-589-2251C. (more)

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Sunday October 26, 2014  
10:00 am Hilly Holly Rec. Area Hike.
Everyone knows about the hilly trails in Holly, we will take the longer trails, for a 9 mile hike around lakes, and through the woods. The leaves will be deep and crunchy, so our noisy progress will probably scare wildlife away. Bring lunch and beverage, there will be a high overlook of the lake halfway for a rest and lunch stop. Meet in Bloomfield Twp. behind the CVS pharmacy on the S.E. corner of Woodward & Square Lake Rd. (N.E. end of lot) Joanne Cogan, 805-551-5930, Cindy, 248-336-2984 (more)

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