Spring and Staying Still: Post-evacuation Readjustment and Quarantine

I think the first time I ever paddled anything was on this lake. It’s little, and now I do laps around it in a plastic sea kayak, but when I was younger it might have been an ocean to me.  My grandma would load me and my sister into the canoe, make us promise to … More Spring and Staying Still: Post-evacuation Readjustment and Quarantine

Winter Stories: Polar Vortex, Snowshoeing Michigan, and Ramming the Car Directly into the Snowbank

If I’m being totally honest, I don’t like the winter. I pretend to. I drag myself out in snowshoes and watch the sun sparkle when it rises in the snow. I enjoy the look of snow thick on conifers and ice on the water. But I don’t like the winter. I’m never like “yay, it’s gonna be … More Winter Stories: Polar Vortex, Snowshoeing Michigan, and Ramming the Car Directly into the SnowbankMore Winter Stories: Polar Vortex, Snowshoeing Michigan, and Ramming the Car Directly into the Snowbank

Michigan’s Ten Best Hiking Trails for Views, Wildlife, and Variety

I’ve hiked a lot of trails in Michigan, and here is my totally accurate, not up for debate and perfect (yes, PERFECT) list, cataloguing the ten VERY BEST hiking trails in Michigan. 10) Ludington State Park Intermediate. Head first back toward Lost Lake, then follow the Island Trail to the Ridge Trial, connect out to … More Michigan’s Ten Best Hiking Trails for Views, Wildlife, and Variety

Adventure Guide to the Chain of Lakes: Michigan’s Best Kept Secret

In general, people head straight for Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Dunes for those classic Northern Michigan vibes, but less than thirty minutes north lies the Chain of Lakes. This waterway and surrounding area offers varied playground, ranging from secluded rivers and sedge meadows in the north to the tropical-like waters of Torch Lake. … More Adventure Guide to the Chain of Lakes: Michigan’s Best Kept Secret