The fairies landed at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit this month.
I visit Belle Isle several times a month for birding—it’s one of the best birding sites in the state.
But this weekend I spent time exploring the grounds of Belle Isle Aquarium and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in search of the 17 fairy doors hidden on the grounds.
From the exhibit description:
Each door is a nod to environmental stewardship and the connection fairies (and humans) feel to the world around them.
None of the printed scavenger hunt guides were available at the site when I arrived.
But thanks to a friendly family with a young two-year old child on the grounds who pointed me to the first few doors hidden under the shrubs, I was able to get started quickly.
Have I mentioned how much I love scavenger hunts?
What a fun time I had finding fairy doors inside the gates of the aquarium or nestled in the shade under a cedar tree.
Others were well-hidden.
I could tell how much care was used in their fairy door creations of wood, moss, miniature figurines, Petoskey stones, and photos.
It took me while to discover fairy door 17; I passed it three times before I finally found it.
Kudos to Belle Isle Conservancy for creating such a fun, socially-distanced interactive scavenger hunt for children and adults!
Today is the last day for the scavenger hunt. I hope they do another scavenger hunt next year!
Here are my photos from the rest of the fairy doors.