The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

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 Hills, 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