The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Galleon Andalucia Docks in Traverse City

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


For my second Great Lakes Adventure, I participated in the recreation of the Battle of Lake Erie. Fifteen tall ships sailed Lake Erie for this event. It was the largest naval battle reenactment ever done in America.

This week I had the pleasure of watching another tall ship, the galleon Andalucia enter West Grand Traverse Bay and dock at the harbor.

Andalucia at the dock 

 This ship is a reproduction of a Spanish galleon from the 1500s -- predating the ships that took place in the Battle of Lake Erie by centuries.

The stern of the Andalucia


This 500-ton vessel is over 150 feet long! 

People line up to tour the galleon


Thursday, July 21, 2016

30 seconds on Isle Royale

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


I have seen so much natural beauty while exploring our Great Lakes.

Let me share just a glimpse of some of the places I've been. Here's 30 seconds on Isle Royale. A quiet day on one of the island's many lakes, Linklater Lake.



video

Sunday, June 26, 2016

On the Road

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com



This June I had some exciting speaking engagements around the state of Michigan.

I first spoke to over 60 people at the Farmington Hills Community Library:


The auditorium begins to fill for the event


Farmington Hills Public Library

 And I spoke at Michigan's oldest courthouse in Berrien Springs:



The courthouse is now a History Center.


The courthouse filled up to hear my presentation about the islands of the Great Lakes


Interesting exhibits at the History Center


And I was also the keynote speaker for the Elk-Skegemog Lake Association's annual meeting.

Elk Rapid's historic Township Hall


Quite a crowd!


I am currently beginning to book engagements for 2017.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sinkholes and Walking Ferns

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


During my speaking tour in the eastern U.P., I had time to do a quick hike near Cedarville.
A couple who attended my talk at the library told me that they had a sinkhole on their property. These form when limestone is slowly dissolved by water and this type of formation is called 
karst topography.


Sink hole in background


Maya the dog gives scale to this depression (note the stream of water disappearing in the middle of the sinkhole)


 Also on this property, there was an unusual plant, a "walking fern" in the genus Asplenium. This name comes from the way the plant propagates: new plants grow where the arching leaves touch the ground making it appear that the plant is "walking."


walking fern

This property was wonderful to explore.

Tree atop a limestone ledge


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Eastern Upper Peninsula Tour

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com




After my time hiking Isle Royale with a MooseWatch Team (which I'll blog about soon), I spoke at three libraries in the eastern U.P.

Bayliss Public Library is in Sault Ste. Marie, so I spent some time watching the freighters move through the Soo Locks.


Best snack spread ever!



Audience at Bayliss


With Head Librarian of Les Cheneaux Library, Jane French

Audience at Les Cheneaux Library

And I had a third engagement at Engadine Public Library. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear about the islands of our Great Lakes.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Epic Road Trip!

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com




This month I will hike Isle Royale once again as part of a Moosewatch Expedition. And I was able to book speaking engagements before and after my time on Isle Royale.

The first leg of my tour took me to three states in four days:



Sun Ray Library in 
St. Paul, MN



L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Eau Claire, WI

And 
Dickinson County Library
Iron Mountain, MI

Thanks to everyone who came out to hear my presentation about the wonderful and diverse islands of our Great Lakes.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Post Viewed Most in 2009

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


Thank you all for reading my blog! It has now surpassed 158,000 page views.

Our fascination with the black sand found along the shores of our Great Lakes made this the 
post with the most views in 2009:



Black Sand


The wide stretches of beach on Lake Michigan usually appear tan or even whitish in color, but if you pick up a handful of sand and look closely, there is a mixture of colors. Silica and quartz give the sand its light color, but there are specks of black from the mineral magnetite. This mineral is heavier than the other grains, so it often gathers in bands or patches on the shoreline, sorted by wind and waves.








































Right at the waterline, magnetite often looks like a smeary, oily stain. On the face of dunes the patterns can approach art. And when blown around an obstruction, the black lines lend definition and depth to the shore.

The glaciers ground rock to these tiny grains. The wind has lifted these grains into lofting dunes. And the water continues to sort and smooth the shoreline.

The next segment of the journey will be some of the rockiest I will encounter in my adventure. The geology of the lake is interesting to study, but even more fascinating to walk step-by-step.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

National Indie Bookstore Day

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com




Show your support for your local indie bookstore this Saturday (and throughout the year)!

Indie bookstores are vital to our communities and to keeping literature alive. 
 An essay I wrote on this topic can be found HERE.

This Saturday I will be at Brilliant Books to my sign books for you -- or recommend another great read -- to show my support for the great indie bookstores that have shown such great support for my Great Lakes Adventure Trilogy.

#indiebound

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Speaking Tour 2016 Begins


Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com



This month I headed out on my speaking tour once again. My first engagements were in SE Michigan.

Fraser Public Library












Librarian Lawrence Marble introduces me to the audience at Clarkston Public Library


I also spoke to a nice group at the Woods Branch of Grosse Pointe's Library system.

I now have presentations for each of my adventures:

Lake Michigan Walk
Great Lakes Walk
Great Lakes Islands

The presentations correlate to my three books:


Go here for a list of my upcoming author events.
This fall I will add a fourth lecture about
ISLE ROYALE.