Glow sticks illuminate wooded path for skiiers
January 24, 2011 —
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, hearty souls enjoyed a cross-country ski along a glowing trail at Price Nature Center’s “Glow Ski” event.
Afterwards, they gathered around a campfire and drank hot chocolate with park staff and volunteers.
“This event has been going on for at least 20 years,” said John Schmude, planning director of Saginaw County Parks.
Schmude said it used to be more of a community event, where families would bring food such as peach and cherry cobbler to cook over the campfire, but now it attracts people from all over to enjoy the glowing trails.
Jill Armentrout from Birch Run was one of many skiers searching for a crosscountry trail.
“I have been looking for places to ski,” she said, “but there are not a lot in the area, so this was a great opportunity, and the woods are really pretty.”
The trails were lined with hundreds of glow sticks to guide the skiers through the darkness, which was the work of park staff and volunteers.
“The park staff and volunteers put in a lot of effort for planning and setting up the event,” said Schmude, “But it’s all worth it for the enjoyment that people get out of it.”
“Glow Ski” was just one of many winter programs arranged by Saginaw County Parks.
Other events include: Birds of Prey at Butman Fish Library from 1 p.m until 4 p.m. January 29, where Joe Rogers will bring his birds from the Wildlife Recovery Association for an up close and personal first hand look.
Winter Romp at Imerman Memorial park from 5 p.m until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and Mar. 7, will allow dog owners to bring their dog to enjoy lantern lit play in the Bark Park.
Try It! Showshoeing at Haithco Recreation Area from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 17, and 23, will have snow shoes available for attendees to try out.
In addition, Saginaw County Parks has several discount days planned at Apple Mountain Ski Slopes from 4 p.m. until close Jan. 21 and Feb. 19, and at You Do The Dishes from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and Mar. 10.
Coupons for these days are available by calling the parks office at 989-790-5280.