The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Moment on a Tall Ship on Lake Erie

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



Here is a moment during the reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Fifteen tall ships gathered near the Lake Erie Islands to go through the motions of that fateful battle in 1813.




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The American Navy was victorious. This was the first battle that the British Navy lost. All their ships were captured.

Oliver Hazard Perry reported the results of the battle to his commander with the famous line:

"We have met the enemy...
and they are ours."

I was honored to be part of this reenactment and my account of that day -- along with the historic account from 1813 -- can be found in my third book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

30 Seconds on Lake Michigan

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





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There is so much to explore in our Great Lakes region. Here is tonight's sunset as seen from the beach in Empire, Michigan.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Island Adventure Anniversary

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



The book about this adventure

 Today is the second anniversary of the completion of my Great Lakes Island Adventure.

Here are some highlights:

South Bass Island


Glacial grooves on Kelleys Island

Isle Royale


Kayaking the Apostle Islands


Hiking Grand Island with my niece and nephew


Belle Isle

Chain coral on Manitoulin Island

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


Final steps of my 1,000-Mile Great Lakes ISLAND Adventure


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Great Lakes Walk Anniversary


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 marks the anniversary of the completion of my second Great Lakes Adventure.
On October 20, 2012, I completed a 1,000-mile hike that allowed me to explore all five 
Great Lakes.

Hiking along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Relive some of my favorite moments with me:



Hiking into Toronto along Lake Ontario


Kettle formation near Lake Ontario


Hiking Lake Erie


Pictured Rocks on the edge of Lake Superior


Lake Superior


Clouds mimic wild Lake Huron


puddingstone


Laurel Sphinx moth


Blue Water Bridge


Hiking, hiking, hiking


40-mile point lighthouse along Lake Huron


At the Calcite limestone mine on the edge of Lake Huron

Finale at Niagara Falls

What an amazing adventure!
I am still captivated by these vast inland seas.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rogers City Library


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



My speaking tour took me to the Lake Huron town of Rogers City.

Lakeside Park sculpture



Rogers City has an enormous limestone quarry that is over a century old.

Calcite mine is in the distance

I gave my Isle Royale talk at the community library.



Eager audience awaits...


Sunday, October 2, 2016

National Museum of the Great Lakes

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 was thrilled to speak at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. 





Wonderful displays fill the museum


Life-saving boat from Kelleys Island


Lens from a lighthouse



Items from Great Lakes cruise ships 



Steam engine model




Wooden frame from the Niagara -- a ship that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, 1813




This freighter is part of the museum!


The museum is on the banks of the Maumee River in Toledo

They have a series of speakers come to talk about our Great Lakes. 


Great audience for my Great Lakes ISLANDS talk


Night on the Maumee River


Monday, September 26, 2016

Lake Michigan Trek 7th Anniversary

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


 It's hard to believe, but today is the 7th anniversary of the completion of my first 
Great Lakes Adventure -- 
hiking all the way around Lake Michigan!

Here I am at the beginning. I wasn't even sure I could complete the journey at this point. Over a 1,000 miles stretched ahead of me!

Day 1 beginning on Navy Pier in Chicago


Here are a few photos from the 
adventure...


Hiking in a winter storm near Saugatuck

Hiking the Mackinac Bridge 

Hiking the southern edge of the U.P.



The finish line back in Chicago greeted by family and friends


And so much more has happened since then. I've completed a trilogy of adventures 
(and three books)...

and two audiobooks (the third will be released next year).





After exploring over 3,000 miles of our amazing Great Lakes, I am more captivated than ever. 
And there is so much more to explore.


Cherish our vast inland seas.
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