The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, September 24, 2017

In-island 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


This year I hiked my third Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale. We explored the island east of Malone Bay and around several inland lakes including the largest, Siskiwit Lake. This lake is not only the largest on the island, but also has an island in the lake, Ryan Island. And Ryan Island is therefore the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Whew!
Enjoy these photos and videos of a few of the dozens of inland lakes. 














Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Empire Bluff Trail


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 recently revisited one of my favorite hikes along Lake Michigan's shoreline. It is the Empire Bluff Trail near Empire, Michigan. 
The view from the top is amazing.




 Two years ago, a strong storm with shearing winds blew through the area knocking down many trees. Those trees have been decaying, returning to the earth, giving habitat to creatures. 
The loss of those mature trees also opened up the canopy allowing more sunshine to reach the forest floor. New trees are taking their place. 

Some of these downed trees are taking on a sculptural quality as they lose their bark and weather away.





Some trees reveal how the wind has twisted them over time.



 This excellent spider lives along the trail, too.







Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Teamwork 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


This year I hiked my third Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale. 
This is a team venture, and we rely on each other throughout the week.


Team (L>R) Mark, Me, Bob, Chris, Jenny, & Hal


Mark holds a found antler



The wildlife study is led by Rolf Peterson 


Jenny and Chris (our team leader)


Me and Jenny by a huge fallen tree


Chris takes a bite


The team spreads out to find bones


Breaking camp. Hal cleans house.


Moose team!


On the island


Gathering around the Solo Stove to cook dinner


Friday, August 18, 2017

Great Lakes Speaker

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 had a busy week crisscrossing the state of Michigan, giving presentations about my 
Great Lakes Adventures.
The week began in St. Helen, Michigan, where I gave the presentation about my first 1,000-mile hike around Lake Michigan.  


Driving to St. Helen, MI


Richfield Township Library in St. Helen, MI


Then, I headed downstate to Birmingham to the lovely All Seasons community where I gave my
Islands of the Great Lakes presentation. 


All Seasons of Birmingham



All Seasons entry

 On Friday, I had two events. First, I spoke to seniors in Beverly, MI, giving my 
Our Majestic Great Lakes talk.
Then, as I was on my way to the final event of the week (in Marshall, MI), I realized that I would be giving my fourth presentation on 
Isle Royale, Wilderness Island.





Garden and statue outside the Marshall Public Library

That's when I realized that in one week, I was going to deliver all four of my presentations!


Audience at Marshall Public Library

Learn more about my presentations and how to engage me as a speaker HERE.
I am currently booking events for the fall/winter of this year and have started to book events for 2018.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Small Life 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


Isle Royale is surrounded by Lake Superior. It is a rocky, harsh environment, but life finds a way to flourish here, especially in miniature.
Enjoy these close-ups of tiny life on this wilderness island.






Vibrant algae/fungus in this fallen stick





Slime mold


Yellow lichen

Over 700 types of lichen thrive on Isle Royale.
This vibrant, purple lichen (below) grows on a rock wall on the shores of Lake Superior.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hiawatha Club

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 "Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure long-listed for the Chatauqua Prize]. 

To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, please go to http://LakeTrek.com


Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club
in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.





The club has existed for 90 years and encompasses over 36,000 acres 
including 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.



Manitou Lodge Museum


I spoke in the Manitou Lodge Museum which is perched on a hill overlooking Lake Michigan.



The museum chronicles the foundation of the club by Dr. William McNamara and the natural history of this land.





The land was stripped of trees in the early 1900s





A wonderful audience awaits my presentation on the islands of our Great Lakes