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
Jim and Betty Struble have life figured out.
Jim and Betty Struble
located on Hill Island which is part of the
beautiful Les Cheneaux archipelago.
This collection of Islands snugs up against Michigan's Upper Peninsula about ten miles
east of Mackinac Island.
This is a watery place that invites boats of all sorts to come and play in these sheltered passages. The Struble's B&B is located on the southern point of Hill Island, so watery views abound.
View from the table that Jim made
The Lakeview Room
I had the "Lakeview Room," but I renamed it the "Peeping Deer Room" because I awoke one morning to a deer looking in my window!
I brought my Advanced Elements kayak with me and launched it from the B&B's dock.
Talk about convenient!
I launched my kayak from their boathouse dock
Dancing Waters B&B is comfortable, the owners incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and Betty makes her own breads!
Betty's bread is rising...
Two of the finished loaves (Cherry Walnut and Pecan Apricot!)
The view is breathtaking
Deer visit all day long
Jim is building an addition to the B&B and he has a grand vision for the future. He is a builder and a master woodworker.
A spiral staircase with a single, central cedar tree trunk will one day grace the outside of the structure.
Jim's woodworking shop
Jim is crafting every aspect of the addition, and the work is impressive. When I found out that he is doing most of it by himself, I was astonished.
Top of the World!