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Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Grand Rapids and takes you through Rockford, Cedars Springs and Coopersville.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Rapids

North on East Beltline (M-44), turns into Northland Dr through Rockford to Cedar Springs. West on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Reminder: Fall Cleanup Friday, October 7, 2011

Reminder: Fall Cleanup Friday, October 7, 2011

From: http://www.cityofcoopersville.com/

Allied Waste Services will be picking up and disposing of unwanted items that can be carried by two men. This is for city residents only; this is not for our commercial or industrial neighbors. This also does not include residents of Timberline Estates or Meadow Green Condominiums.

Items that will NOT be picked up are:
Automobile parts and especially NO TIRES;
Hazardous chemicals or liquids;
Building materials or paint;
Railroad ties or concrete.

For more specific questions, call Allied Waste Services at 1–800-882-9565.

Fall Cleanup Friday October 7, 2011

From: http://www.cityofcoopersville.com/

Allied Waste Services will be picking up and disposing of unwanted items that can be carried by two men. This is for city residents only; this is not for our commercial or industrial neighbors. This also does not include residents of Timberline Estates or Meadow Green Condominiums.

Items that will NOT be picked up are:
Automobile parts and especially NO TIRES;
Hazardous chemicals or liquids;
Building materials or paint;
Railroad ties or concrete.

For more specific questions, call Allied Waste Services at 1–800-882-9565.

Information on lake and beach safety

Information on lake and beach safety

You can now find information about whether the beaches are safe at your local lake or river.

That information is available from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Click on the links below to see information about Crockery Lake::

The links will show you beach closures and advisories as well as water sampling results and monitoring.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al