While our hotel had no usable internet access, the city did have a wonderful brewpub and a first-class hiking trail along the Kalamazoo River. The Marshall Riverwalk - along the banks of the Kalamazoo River - is elevated, illuminated, and ideally suited for folks who want to jog, walk, or bird, over the river's banks, any time of day or night. Tom Byker (from Indianapolis) and I jogged/birded along the Riverwalk twice during the week. The pre-dawn gloom was lit by overhead LED 'street lights', and the walkway network included little protrusions out over the river, offering views upstream and downstream; birds included mallards, a great-blue heron, cedar waxwings, and the usual woodland birds.
On one day, I was riding with Brian Hess (from Cincinnati) and I worked in the county to the west of Lansing. We found a wonderfully peaceful meander in the Grand River, and passed a few minutes taking in the tranquil, quiet setting. A short time later, Brian spotted a flock of Sand Hill Cranes on the edge of a cornfield! They took off before I could get my camera powered up and in focus, but they were a magnificent sight to behold.