Friday, 1 June 2012

Biking and Canoeing in Ann Arbor, Michigan

by Keith and Heather Nicol

      We just returned from a fine trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan where we biked through parkland, visited the Farmer's Market, and did a canoe trip down the Huron River. Our hosts, Peter and Val, had scoped out some outdoor activities that kept us busy on our most recent foray to this quintessential university town. Our visit included biking through Gallup Park with its scenic backdrop of Geddes Pond. On this outing we were caught in a thunder and lightening storm (we hadn't checked the radar map closely enough before we left) but fortunately we found a covered pavilion that we could duck into before we got too wet.
Biking past Geddes Pond in Ann Arbor
        Once the storm ended we continued on our way cycling to an impressive peony displayed in 27 beds at the Nichols Arboretum  There were many varieties of peonies in bloom. From there we biked through the University of Michigan campus to the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market. This market is open year around but obviously is busier in the spring and summer. The Ann Arbor Farmer's Market is a producers-only market, which means that all of the items for sale are grown, baked or crafted by the people who sell them.
The peony garden is well worth a visit
        Another bonus of Ann Arbor is the Huron River which flows through the town and the City of Ann Arbor runs a great canoe/kayak service so that you can see the city from the water. We paddled from Barton Dam to Gallup Park which took about 2.5 hours and it is a great way to spend a spring or summer afternoon. We were bowled over by the number of people doing this trip and it is ideal for novices and families. For more information contact the City of Ann Arbor.
Padding the Huron River is a great way to spend an afternoon

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