A full moon hike northbound on the North Country Trail will begin at Loda Lake on December 8 at 8pm. Guests will park at the Loda Lake parking lot by 7:50 pm and the event is slated to last until 11pm. This event, facilitated by The Sunhart Center of Ecology & Design, is catered toward adults. Instructions are to dress warm and bring a flashlight. The hike is free although donations are accepted. Transportation assistance is may be available upon request.
“The new ‘After Dark’ event series is designed to connect individuals to the more traditional and spiritual aspects of nature and our world,” states Carmen Alfaro, who will lead the hike. “I hope to give individuals the opportunity to really listen to and interact with our plant and animal relatives in a way we often pass by in our daily lives.”
Loda Lake is a 72-acre preserve located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest, and is managed by the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. It has evolved into a unique haven for botanists and wildflower enthusiasts. North of Loda Lake, the hike will pass through secluded Manistee National Forest lands.
“I have walked this path many times and I am always amazed by the spirit of this place. I am excited to share the sacredness with others," added Alfaro.
Loda Lake is north of White Cloud. From north on M-37, turn left on 5 Mile Road, then north on Felch. The sanctuary entrance is one mile north on the right. As part of the National Forest, there is a self-service fee to park at Loda Lake. A daily, weekly or annual Huron-Manistee Recreation vehicle pass can be purchased from the Baldwin Ranger field office at 650 N Michigan Avenue in Baldwin.
Carmen Alfaro is the owner of The Sunhart Center of Ecology & Design. The Sunhart Center serves the greater Newaygo County and West Michigan areas in eco-restorative landscaping, ecological consultation and Indigenous environmental stewardship. More information about The Sunhart Center and future events can be found on its Facebook page @Sunhart Center of Ecology and Design. Contact Carmen at (231) 450-4590 or email Carmen@sunhart.org.