The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

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.
Connect with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to stay informed and to learn what actions you can take to keep our waters healthy.

Other organizations working to protect our lakes:



Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Book 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




My September book tour found me traveling the state of Michigan for many engagments.
Grosse Pointe's Senior Men's Club invited me to speak at their luncheon meeting on the shoreline of Lake St. Clair.

Senior Men's Club of Grosse Pointe



Men's choir


And I returned to the Clarkston Library to give another of my 4 lectures about the Great Lakes.

Nice audience


This month I began giving my lecture about Isle Royale, the island that captivated me on my Great Lakes Island Adventure.

I'm beginning to book engagements for 2017. If your group/library/school would like to engage me as a speaker, please e-mail me at:
LakeTrek@gmail.com



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kerrytown BookFest 2016


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 honored to be a featured author at this year's Kerrytown BookFest in Ann Arbor, Michigan.





 There were panel discussions, author events, book-related vendors, and a bookish good time for all.


The Quest for Identity panel discussion with writers Kelly Fordon (Garden of the Blind), Desiree Cooper (Know the Mother), and Andrew Mozina (Contrary Motion)


The crowd enjoys the exhibitors


I spoke at the Concert House about the ISLANDS of the Great Lakes with author Maureen Dunphy


Save the date for next year's BookFest:
September 10, 2017
And like their Facebook page HERE.



Sunday, September 4, 2016

14th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest


Next Sunday (September 11), the 14th annual Kerrytown BookFest will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year's schedule is full of author presentations and discussions and many exhibitors will be there, too.

This festival's goal is: 

"The Kerrytown Bookfest is an annual free event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight our area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing our local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations."

I will co-present with author Maureen Dunphy at the festival:


When:
  Sunday, September 11, 2016
(*our presentation will be at 2:45 at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave.)
Where:  Kerrytown in Ann Arbor, MI
Who:  Great Lakes Authors, Maureen Dunphy & Loreen Niewenhuis



Find the full festival schedule HERE.