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12Oct/090

Not Ready for Monday — Leelanau Weekend Cont.

More good things in Leelanau County, Michigan.  Kilcherman's Christmas Cove Farm grows around 250 varieties of antique apple varieties, and produces fabulous tart cider.

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To work up a bit of a thirst for the cider, we had earlier taken a hike at one of the coolest places on the planet, the forested dunes of Houdek Dunes Natural Area, a property owned by the Leelanau Conservancy (of which my wife and I are members).

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When he was small, my son, Hugh, used to call this "the desert in the middle of the woods."

This large maple is a particularly interesting tree.  The open, spreading shape indicates that it matured before there were other trees around it.  I learned to spot features like this from a book called Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels.  If you hike on land that has formerly been farmed or logged (as almost everybody in the East does), this book will increase your understanding of the landscapes you are observing.

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