Monday, August 29, 2011

7 Ponds Nature Center Day Trip

I have only known about the 7 ponds Nature Center for a few years, and finally made a day trip with my daughter recently. This was about an hour drive north for us in Dryden Michigan. What I love about trips like this is the amazing feeling of being far away when really so close to home. It was very rural and green driving to this lots of farms, horse ranches and small towns along the way.

This is the main building, quite a large facility with a lecture hall, classrooms, displays, hands on exhibits and a gift shop.

A few pictures of the wooded pond areas, smartest move I made for this trip was packing a camera for my daughter to use. She was so engaged at looking for things and taking pictures of our "camping trip".

On the grounds was a butterfly garden and an herb garden, peaceful and colorful. On the way home we stopped in Metamora and by a fun chance stopped at the White Horse Inn for lunch, this is Michigan's oldest running restaurant, opened in 1860.

Inside, very rustic and charming many parts of the building are original.

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