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Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013-08-28T00:00:00Z 2013-08-28T19:29:07Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, August 29, 2013By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
August 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Starting next week night hikes at Taltree in Valpo and tonight in Porter, a living room acoustic concert by The Bottle Rockets.

Night Hikes with Taltree Arboretum & Gardens: You don't have to talk me into the fact that autumn is the best season always. You can safely make a sweeping generalization that the weather is usually great, although the shorter days can be a drag when the temperature is still warm enough to be outside. But I always yearn for a plan for outdoor activity beyond drinking beer at picnic tables. Kids go on hayrides and look forward to Halloween, so I was so happy to see that Taltree is hosting a series of night hikes for the next couple of months: September 5, September 12, and October 3 at 8:30 p.m., and October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Here's a quote from President and CEO Alexis R. Faust who knows and loves everything about Taltree: “These hikes are a great way to see how nature behaves, or not, at night. Nocturnal wildlife is illusive, but under the right circumstances it is possible to catch a glimpse into a world we would otherwise never know exists. Because of the nature of these experiences, every hike will be unique and unscripted.”

So the Taltree people are saying that you can encounter a lot of wildlife out there, but it's OK because trained staff will guide you through the prairie, woodland and wetlands of Taltree. Owls, frogs, toads, moths, raccoons, opossum and coyotes, and are nothing to be afraid of, especially if you are looking for them.

Plus, you can dress up: “Guests are encouraged to bring glow wear, glow sticks or a red LED flashlight. The hikes are approximately 45 minutes long.” Plan on arriving 10 minutes before the hike start time to check in. No high heels and make sure you have a big sweater.

Taltree Night Hikes cost $7 if you are 13 to 54 years old, $4 for seniors (55+ years old) and children (5 to 12 years old). Members get a discount as do folks who register for all four hikes at once. Each night hike is limited to 20 people. Guests can reserve their spot by signing up at Taltree.org

Jamie Hogan Hosts The Bottle Rockets in His Living Room: The Bottle Rockets are an alternative country/roots rock acoustic band en route to the Michigan State Fair. They will be stopping at their fan's house in Porter, Indiana and doing an acoustic show. Thought the Bottle Rockets are based in a schoolhouse in St. Louis, Jamie got to know them through a childhood friend who is now a music producer in Brooklyn. The Bottle Rockets have been compared to Woody Guthrie in style, spirit, smarts and satire. For more info on the band check them out or catch up with Jamie Hogan on Facebook.

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