Snow Snakes Flying at Edsel Ford Barn

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The snow snakes were flying in the cold and yet wonderful winter weather at the Edsel Ford Barn today. [slideshow]

FOHRA vounteers helped the Chief Pontiac Programs Committee to build the 2010 snow snake track and sold hot chocolate and snacks for the Scouts' practice day.

"The Chief Pontiac Programs Committee is a volunteer group of scouters operating a hiking trail and other programs with outdoor experiences for all age groups. These programs are available for all school age groups and although primarily focused to groups related to the Boy Scouts of America (Tiger Cubs, Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers), all youth groups are welcome to participate. The Chief Pontiac Trail Program is administered through the Great Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America. located in Pontiac, Michigan."

Have you ever heard of a “snow snake”?  Do you think maybe it’s a unique  reptile that survives Michigan winters slithering in the snow? Have you ever seen one?

The snow snake is actually the main object in a traditional Native American Indian winter game, wherein a wooden “snake” is sent hurtling down a track in the snow for maximum distance. Scout families from around the area participate in making their own "snake" and then running it down the snowy track.

Snow Snake Race Day; Highland State Recreation Area, 5200 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48383 – near the Edsel Ford Barn; Sun., January 30, 2011; 1pm—3 pm.

Come on out on January 30 and see the snakes!