One Woman’s Account

With Fall Adventure 2010 coming up, you might be debating whether or not you should spend a weekend in the western UP.  We’ve provided you with one person’s experience from last year’s Fall Adventure to the eastern UP. Hopefully it will encourage you to participate in this year’s trip!

Photo by Natalie Kent-Norkowski

Sherry Kovach during Fall Adventure 2009

Written by Sherry Kovach

“Last October I joined the ladies in sensible shoes (and their husbands) and we walked the properties of the Michigan Nature Association in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. There was no cooking, no housekeeping and rather than chauffeuring, we were chauffeured while guides gave mini lectures, games were played with nature oriented prizes given, and MNA videotapes were shown. In the morning I awoke to a beautiful view of Lake Huron – “a room with a view!”

The best part was being with people who also enjoy what I most love to do – be out in nature. I even met a few whom I had walked with in other clubs.

We saw what Michigan looked like without the intervention of man and how it recovers after his presence. We learned about plants and their habitats and went to places I had not known existed. A town was once present where we viewed pale coneflowers (Echinacea).

Despite the stormy gray skies, it only rained after we boarded the bus and MNA leaders offered us treats and drinks. (My kids would have thought they had died and gone to heaven!)

There were no solicitations and no campaigns for fundraisers. This was it. The fun was the fundraiser.”

Have you participated in a past Fall Adventure, volunteer day or other MNA event? We want to hear about your experiences! Email michigannature@michigannature.org or call 517-655-5655 to share!

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