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Walktober in the trees

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We began our adventure under a dark and ominous sky.


There’s a new park, located about an hour north of here, billed as a walk in a tree canopy. Intriguing. Plus it seemed perfect for a Walktober.

So this week we went.

Come on! Let’s go explore!

We thought if we went during the week crowds would be less. And maybe they were; if you want to go on a weekend you have to purchase your tickets in advance so the crowds must be pretty thick on Saturday or Sunday.

The ramp circles up from below, so the walk is accessible to anyone using a walker or a wheelchair.

But even on a Friday afternoon, and though the sky was dark and the wind was brisk, plenty of people had ventured forth to explore the new park.

A busy day at the park.

Walking between the pods.

Along the elevated pathway were two pods made of curved wood. The docent said they were designed to represent curled queen anne lace flower buds.

The Docent likes bugs. (That’s a pin on her hat, it’s not real.)

One of them was connected to the main path by a net which had people lined up to cross.

Looks fun.

And out on the end of one of the walks was a play area filled with similar netting for people, kids and adults alike to rest or roll around, depending on your mood.

Lots of fun.

It was pretty up there, I think it would have been even nicer very early in the morning on a sunny day with the light playing down through the trees.

Not really in the canopy, but still fun.

Down below the structure are paths, some paved, some softened with fallen leaves and pine needles, through the forest.

More my style.

There were fewer people there, and immediately I felt more at home. Walking among the treetops was fun. Walking between the trees was comforting.

Viewing those still up top who were enjoying the view.

There wasn’t a lot of color yet, most of it was on the ground in the form of fallen maples leaves.

Even on a rainy afternoon the color was nice.

Truly beautiful.

It wasn’t really raining much, just damp.

It did seem odd to see umbrellas out on a walk through the trees. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone walk through the woods under an umbrella.

But it made for some fun photography.

Not exactly what I was going for, but I sort of like their blur.

We had a really good time walking in and around the trees.

Fun times.

If you’re ever near Midland Michigan check it out. The elevated part isn’t that long, but it’s interesting. And if you have children they’ll have a blast.

Subtle colors enjoyed by people who bring their own colors along too.

But make sure you also take time to wander the woods that surrounds the structure. That’s where the real magic lives.

Walking the ropes.

PS: Look around, I bet you have somewhere pretty or interesting or both near you. Take a walk. Take a couple of pictures. Post it and link it to Robin’s Walktober post (or any of her posts). We’d all love to come along on your Walktobers!

PPS: Our park in Whiting Forest is located right next to Dow Gardens, and our $5 ticket gained us entrance to both. I was going to include that walk in this post, but I think it deserves it’s own. So stay tuned. Here’s a hint:

Where does this curving path go?

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

39 thoughts on “Walktober in the trees

  1. What a cool place to visit! And what a great way to get people out and appreciating nature, albeit a rather crowded experience. I’ve been to similar places – one in Capilano Canyon near Vancouver and the other in Kew Gardens, in London. They are magical.

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  2. What a beautiful park! I love the blur of the umbrellas–heck, I like the umbrellas in the woods. But you are right–who brings umbrellas into the woods? The pods are wonderful. What are the orange bars symbolic for?

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  3. Wow that is a great looking park high amongst the trees! I think I would like the ground better:)

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  4. Beautiful!!

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  5. Totally intrigued by your last photo and eager to hear about that! Looks like you had a lovely Walktober — I’ll be doing mine soon and can hardly wait.

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  6. 😲😲😲 I was just reading about this the other day! I didn’t know it was there! I’ve been trying to plan time to go up by myself, it’s about 2 hours away 🙌🙌🙌 Thanks for posting great pictures, now Im even more excited to go!

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  7. Looking forward to your Walktober!!

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  8. Very cool park but I guess it’s safe to assume no dogs allowed on the elevated walk way.

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  9. Very cool Dawn. Interesting to be able to walk within the trees- but I’m with you, I like those paths better!

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  10. That looks lovely – seeing the treetops as well as walking through the woods on ground level gives you a different perspective. I have heard of an elevated tree park not too far from us and am now inspired to seek it out! 🙂

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  11. (Over from Robin’s) … Quite the unique park and visitors seem to be engaging it! It’s obvious that your fall is ahead of mine to your south in Cincinnati. Well done, Dawn.

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  12. That park looks pawsome. Glad that was only a pin on her hat.

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  13. How cool is that?! Fabulous walk for Walktober, Dawn. I understand what you mean about the comfort of walking between the trees (as opposed to the fun of being in the tree tops). I love that umbrella shot, blur and all. The blur gives it such a sense of motion.

    Now I can’t wait to see where that beautiful, curving path leads. 🙂

    Thank you again for joining in and for all the mentions and links.

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    • My pleasure Robin! It was a great excuse for getting us out of our regular neighborhood and caused us to explore a bit. Now we know we’ll go back so that we can take a tour of the house…oh wait…that’s in the next blog! 🙂

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  16. Walktober brings us to so many delightful places and this park is no exception. To walk up in the forest canopy must be awesome (even if it felt a bit crowded). I expect once the newness wears off, you might be able to enjoy it under quieter circumstances. Thanks for sharing and bringing us along, Dawn.

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  17. What a wonderful park, Dawn. For some strange reason, parts of it made me think of the zoo near Cape May, N.J. Beautiful pics and I bet you you’re right.. with sunlight between the trees, it would have been magical

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  18. Your walk looks great. The camera would have a ball being so high up, but there is something comforting about having your feet on the ground. 🙂

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  19. What a neat looking place and you sure visited at the right time of year. So pretty. I was very relieved to read that bug was a pin and I cracked up over all the people with umbrellas. Gortex, not an umbrella, is the usual rainy woods accessory. 😀

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