Category: Outdoors and Adventure

On the Shores of Gitche Gumee

I’m not sure when I first learned of the Pictured Rocks. I’m quite sure I didn’t know it was in Michigan. Michigan, was, to me, the land of auto-makers, industrial plants and a burned-out Detroit. But I do remember seeing a picture of the… Continue Reading “On the Shores of Gitche Gumee”

Going longer… Getting stronger….

This weekend had a little bit of everything in it. I spent Friday evening with friends at two different art exhibit openings, Saturday with my spiritual community and Sunday out in nature. I even got a chance to cook some nice meals for myself… Continue Reading “Going longer… Getting stronger….”

Up North Sampler: Round 2

Last year, I joined our local outfitter (Wanderlust) for a beginner backpacking trip “up North”. I had not been backpacking since I moved here, and I really wanted to get back into it. I enjoyed myself so much and met so many interesting people,… Continue Reading “Up North Sampler: Round 2”

Hiking in Newaygo and Coffeehouse #8: The Bitter End

Ahhhhhh…. finally. I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting. Today it was warm enough and dry enough to get out for a long hike on the North Country Trail. Yes, I can hike around for a an hour or two with my dog in… Continue Reading “Hiking in Newaygo and Coffeehouse #8: The Bitter End”

The Underdog: Base Layers of Merino Wool

The Daily Prompt today is underdog. For some weird reason, the only thing I can wrap my mind around is underwear. Is there an underdog of underwear? Honestly, my base layer I wear when I’m running is sort of like the underdog of my… Continue Reading “The Underdog: Base Layers of Merino Wool”

Yoopers, Fudgies and Trolls: North Country Trail Conference

Two years ago when I was hiking in North Carolina, I ran into a couple who was very active in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. They told me I should check it out. Promises of meeting like-minded people and getting inspired to hike the Appalachian… Continue Reading “Yoopers, Fudgies and Trolls: North Country Trail Conference”

Going Up and Up and Up: The UP

“Go West, young man,” is the rallying cry that drove many of our forefathers to the Western U.S. to find their fortunes. For some reason, my compass always tells me to “Go North, young lady”. Now that I live north, the only place to… Continue Reading “Going Up and Up and Up: The UP”

A Watery Loop Deep in the Woods

In planning a hike for my first day here, I got out my handy guide to hiking in the Upper Peninsula¬†and researched the popular hikes. Some were heavily traveled. Nope, I’m not looking for that. Some were not well-marked, and the guide said to… Continue Reading “A Watery Loop Deep in the Woods”

The River IS Your Life

With my meditation practice becoming a regular part of my life, I am starting to realize what it feels like to settle in and just be. About 40 minutes a day, I am comfortable just allowing the world to flail wildly around me without… Continue Reading “The River IS Your Life”

Up North Sampler

Last week I had decided to go backpacking on the Manistee River Trail, and I headed over to Wanderlust Outfitters downtown. While I was buying my dehydrated food, the gal at the counter told me they had a trip this weekend, and I should… Continue Reading “Up North Sampler”

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