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Exploring the Arb for 36 hours

Qudditch, birds and
fairies populate the
A2 getaway
DailyArts Writer
Near the corner of West Ann
Street and North Main Street,
there's a blue-and-yellow window
sign. "Welcome to Ann Arbor, the
biggest little city in the middle," it
reads. It may not be the city's most
popular nickname, but it's accu-
rate. Ann Arbor is by no means
big, but with its own train sta-
tion, helipad, bus system and one
very big house, the "little city" of
Ann Arbor can occasionally feel
big. Luckily, for those occasions,
there'sthe Nichols Arboretum.
7:30 a.m. Sunrise: You may
still be sleeping, but Ann Arbor
is wide awake. The early morn-
ing dog-walkers, joggers and
maintenance workers are already
halfway through their day by the
time you're scrambling to get to
your 10 a.m. sociology lecture.
For once, for no other reason than
to remember what the morning
looks like, join the early risers.
Take coffee, donuts or cider and
stroll throughthe iron gates of the
Arb's entrance off Geddes Avenue.
Go straight until you reach an
overlook with two wooden bench-
es, The Deborah Gimbel Memo-
rial Overlook. Watch the sky turn
from gray to pink to blue over a
distant North Campus bell tower.
11:30 a.m. Nature Walk: Con-
tinuing your early morning excur-
sion,walkdownthroughthe Arb's
Main Valley, past the caretaker's
cottage and into the thickest sec-
tion of the forest. To getthere, fol-
low the main road until you reach
a path marked only by two trash-
cans and a stone bench. From
here, hike up a hill and expect
to see animals. Look for hawks

Nichols Arboretum offers the opportunity for hours of entertainment and is open from sunrise to sunset.

spiraling around tree trunks to
snatch chipmunks and squirrels.
Watch for deer sparring head to
head on hillsides, their two-point-
ed antlers crackingtogether above
their skulls. The Arb is your very
own episode of "Planet Earth" -
justremembertobrushup onyour
David Attenborough impression.
2p.m.Fairy Woods:It shouldn't
be a surprise that the first pro-
duction of the Shakespeare in the
Arb series (ongoing since 2001)
was a retelling ofithe Bard's fairy-
and-forest-filled play, "A Mid-
summer Night's Dream." After
all, in addition to the animals
that live there, the Arb is home
to a sizeable population of fairies.
Near the Washington Heights
entrance, just past the Peony
Gardens, lies a small stand of
pine trees known as Fairy Woods
and Troll Hollow. Here you can
build a home of twigs, leaves and
pinecones for the unseen sprites
that call the Arb home. If you
think you're too old to be doing
these types of things, or some-
how above it all, that's fine. There
are plenty of heartless jerks in the
world with no imagination, and
you can be one, too.
5 p.m. The Golden Hour Run:
The evening hours of the Arb are

best reserved for exercise. Miles
of trails wind through the forest,
along the Huron River and into
the Alex Dow Prairie - an enor-
mous meadow of tall grasses and
plants that stretch to the Arb's
eastern border. If you are a long-
distance jogger or adventurous
traveler, cross the railroad tracks
near the end of the prairie. Next,
pass through a gap in the fence to
hook up with a cement path that
leads to Gallup Park and other city
10 p.m. Star Gazing: The Arb
is open from sunrise to sunset,
but stick around after the sun has
gone down and the tree limbs will
start looking like something from
a Tim Burton movie - and you're
likely to experience the Arb at its
quietest. Bring a blanket, a flash-
light and maybe a little romance
with you to the Main Valley,
where you can look up at the stars.
It may not be the night sky over
the Sahara, but. constellations,
planets, satellites and shooting
stars can still be spotted overhead
on a cloudless night.
2 a.m. Late Night: After a long
night of partying, particularly for
residents of Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall and Oxford Houses,
the traditional sunset closure

doesn't apply. Return to the Arb
to wind down, to savor the glow
of a wild night, to have the mid-
night college conversations that
will never be forgotten. Just keep
in mind that the closed at sunset
rule actually does apply, regard-
less of how much "legal" fun
you're having.
8 a.m. Bird Watching: The Arb
is a treat for birders. If you've ever
felt the urge to put a name to the
birds you see and hear around
campus, chances are a birder can
help. Every Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
throughout October, a group of
amateur and seasoned birders
from the Washtenaw Audubon
Society gathers at the eastern end
of the Alex Dow Prairie. Here,
the group begins its weekly fall
migration walk. Take a stroll with
these friendly folks for a chance
to spot chickadees, wrens, jays,
woodpeckers and hawks. Walks
typically last until 11:00 a.m., but
all are welcome to come and go as
they please.
12p.m. Rocks in the River: There
are sites in Ann Arbor that have
patron saints. The corner of East
Liberty Street and Main Street

has the Violin Monster; the Sha=
piro Undergraduate Library has
the Washboard Man; and the Arb
has Mike Kelly. For decades, Kelly
has been rearranging rocks in the
Huron River at the Arb's River-
front Landing into what he calls,
"the heart of Jesus," according
to a previous Daily interview. On .
warm afternoons, you might spot
Kellywadingthroughthe waterin
long pants, tossing rocks aside to
create this arching formation. It
may not be your place to help con-
tribute to Kelly's rock formation,
but he's often willing to chat with
1 p.m. Quidditch Match: Ah, the
fall. Colorful leaves,. cider mills,
pumpkins and ... Quidditch? Yes.
Come autumn, it's time to don
your striped scarf, recall your
quaffles and bludgers and attend
a University Quidditch match at
the team's home field in the Arb's
Main Valley. The team holds prac-
tices on weekdays and faces off
against intercollegiate teams on
Sundays - the University plays
Michigan State University this
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. It's a sure
way to get into the competitive
spirit and to enjoy yet another
autumn afternoon in the Nichols

From Page 38
derella storywhere the non-
celeb gets the celeb. For exam-
ple, Matt Damon and his wife
Luciana. The duo met at a bar in
Miami, where Luciana was the
bartender and Matt was in town
filming his conjoined twin com-
edy "Stuck on You." Eight years
later and with four kids, Matt
said on "Ellen" that they are
happy as ever, and fate brought
them together that night.
Or, take the oldest Jonas
Brother, Kevin, and his wife
Danielle, who met while the
two were on separate vacations
in the Bahamas in 2007. On the
new E! show "Married to Jonas"
- which chronicles their newly-
wed life a la Jessica Simpson and
Nick Lachey - Kevin's normal
in-laws from Jersey, including
Danielle's Italian father, have
even become part of the picture.
Let's just hope this relationship
turns out better than Jessica
and Nick's newlywed reality TV
There are more than 300
million people in this country,
and, according to an super-
credible estimate from math
genius DarkRaven on aYahoo!
Answers forum, about 2.7 per-
cent of the U.S. population is
made up of celebrities. Maybe
celebs are just mating within
the 2 percent because that's how
relationships work. Connec-
tions might develop between
people in the same environment
simply because that is fate's way
of bringing them together. And
maybe that's why a Hollywood
star connects with another Hol-
lywood star. When it comes to
the 2 percent, maybe Kanye and
Kim are destined to be together.
But just to let us keep our
Cinderella story fantasies, Kim
should probably consider the
next bartender who makes her a
drink asa prospective husband.
Give the 98 percent a chance to
be the love of your life too.
Goldberg is holding out for John
Mayer. To help plan their wedding,
e-mail hsgold@umich.edu.









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