The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tales from the Book Tour

The month of April has been busy!

I finished the final edits on the manuscript for my new book...

Seniors at the Georgetown Senior Center

...gave several lectures about my second adventure exploring all five Great Lakes...

Coopersville Library

...and began doing interviews for the new book.

Zinta Aistars, host of "Between the Lines" on WMUK

Zinta Aistars is the host of "Between the Lines" 
on WMUK. 

This interview about the islands of the Great Lakes will air on May 12, or catch it online (when posted) on WMUK's website.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Indie Bookstore in Battle Creek!

The store will soon have a new, blue awning

 Finally, Battle Creek has an independent bookstore!

Located downtown on West Michigan Ave., 
Battle Creek Books is brimming with great books both new and used along with newspapers, magazines and other merchandise.

Owner Jim Donahue holds up the merch!

The store also has a great space for events, and I will be a featured author here for 
Spring into the Arts, Friday, May 15
from 5-9pm (I'll give short readings at the top and bottom of each hour)
Saturday, May 16 I'll give my Great Lakes ISLANDS presentation at 2pm

Great space!

 Come to downtown BC and check out this great addition to my hometown!
Battle Creek Books is one of the indie bookstores participating in the "Indies Only" release of my Great Lakes Islands book.

Here I am with owner Jim Donahue

For the complete list of stores that will have the book on their shelves on May 1, 
go HERE.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tales from the Book Tour

The beautiful events room at the Kzoo Library

I was honored to be part of Kalamazoo's Reading Together program. I was asked to give my Great Lakes Walk lecture to tie in with the book chosen: 

The Living Great Lakes, by Jerry Dennis.

Over a hundred people came out to hear about my adventures...

and my three books.

My book tour schedule is filling up as I add engagements with my new book:

A 1000-Mile Great Lakes

Available at select indie bookstores May 1, 
then everywhere books are sold June 1.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Great Lakes Artist

Brodbeck's studio

I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of Mary Brodbeck, an artist based in Kalamazoo.

Brodbeck works with the Japanese technique of woodcut prints called mokuhanga in Japanese. She's worked in this media for over 15 years and has recently produced a documentary about this art called "Becoming Made." The Great Lakes feature prominently in her work.

 The documentary DVD 

 The documentary will be shown at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo on 
Friday, April 10 at 6pm and 7:30pm.

Learn more about her work and her events HERE.

Brodbeck holds the woodcut for the print you see below 

Ghost pier in Lake Michigan

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fountains of the Great Lakes

In my upcoming book about the ISLANDS of the Great Lakes, I will take you to the
James Scott Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle.

During my winter in Chicago, I watched the city wake from its snowy slumber. The ice on the lake broke up and melted, and workers climbed up on Chicago's Buckingham Fountain to prepare it to have water flowing through its pipes once again.

The fountain is quiet all winter

Workers inspect the fountain...

...and ready it for the water to flow once again.

spring is in the air...

Most people see the fountain in the summer with water streaming, so you may not be aware of the effort it takes at the end of every winter to get it running once again.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Six Year Anniversary

Six years ago, I began my first hike on Chicago's Navy Pier. The completion of that first 1,000-mile hike led me to undertake two more 
Great Lake Adventures.

Chicago's Navy Pier reaches out into Lake Michigan

Now, I've hiked, kayaked, biked or boated over 3,000 miles exploring the Great Lakes basin, the shoreline, cities and towns on the edges of the lakes, wild areas, and dozens of the islands afloat in their waters.

In this video, I take a moment to look back to where this all began.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Great Lakes Trail

You may not often think about the intersection of the Great Lakes and environmental law, 
but Professor Melissa K. Scanlan does.

Scanlan is the Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School and she recently published a paper exploring the need for and the feasibility of a hiking trail tracing the shoreline of all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

While writing this paper, Scanlan contacted me about the feasibility of establishing this trail. I was able to give her data and feedback on the accessibility of the over 2,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline I had hiked. 
Giving people MORE access to the shoreline can only benefit our connection to these vast lakes and encourage conservation of these vital waters.

From the intro of the paper:

by: Melissa K. Scanlan 

The Great Lakes are vast yet vulnerable. There is a need to focus the public’s attention on the significance of the lakes for the region as a cohesive, binational whole. To address this need, build on existing water law, and engage the public, this Article provides a blueprint to establish a Great Lakes Trail on the shores of the Great Lakes. The Trail will link together 10,000 miles of coastline and provide the longest marked walking trail in the world. It will demarcate an already existing, yet largely unrecognized, public trust easement and engage the public with their common heritage in the lakeshore.

Read the full paper HERE.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Cover Reveal

Anticipation for the release of my new book about the islands of the Great Lakes is growing...

Here's the cover of my upcoming book:

The cover photo was taken on Flowerpot Island 
in Lake Huron near the 
tip of the Bruce Peninsula. 
I kayaked or boated through many islands for this adventure, setting foot on over 30 of them.

This journey spanned from the wilds of Isle Royale in Lake Superior to the metropolis of Montreal on an island in the St. Lawrence River.
It was truly an island odyssey, and possibly the most fascinating of my three adventures. 

To see the list of indie bookstores participating in the early release of this book, go HERE. These bookstores will have the book on May 1.
In June, the book will be available everywhere books are sold. 
PLEASE support your local indie bookstore.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February ice on Lake Michigan

Here's a look at the ice on Lake Michigan this February:

To see satellite images of the frozen 
Great Lakes, 
go HERE.