The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ancient Reefs in Our Great Lakes

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures: 

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] 

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure  [Long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize]

 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/


Many people searching the lakeshore for petoskey stones are unaware that it is a fossilized coral. Vast coral reefs grew in the shallow sea covering the middle of this continent long before the glaciers gouged out the basins for our Great Lakes.

I recently visited a remote (and undisclosed) portion of the lakeshore to visit some giant pieces of that ancient reef:




Piece of reef with fossilized corals [size 11 foot included for scale]


Petoskey stones are abundant along some stretches of the lakeshore




Here's another piece of reef with fossilized corals

And I saw a new (to me) moth on this hike, 
the Leconte's Haploa Moth.




Can you find it here?


How about here?



Close-up of Leconte's Haploa Moth






Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bay Books in Suttons Bay

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures: 

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] 

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure  [Long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize]

 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/



I love a good indie bookstore, and I'm always thrilled when a new one opens near me.
Bay Books opened this May in the lovely town of Suttons Bay. This community has been without a bookstore for several years, so this is an important addition to the stores there. 


BAY BOOKS, 419 N Saint Joseph Street, Suttons Bay, Michigan 

[I don't know about you, but I need to visit a bookstore when I'm exploring a town!]




Tina Greene-Bevington (L) owner of Bay Books and Me (R)


The store has a homey vibe since it is housed in a former house. Books are shelved in several rooms and you can wander from room to room. 


Nicely curated selection of books


Notice the small sign on top of shelf that reads: 'SWEAT IS FAT CRYING'

The front room is where the great selection of children's books are kept. 

Children's books in front room


I found a great book for a gift, and Tina said she'd order and stock a book I asked about 
(Florida a short story collection 
by Lauren Groff).

After reading about Groff's work as she ordered the books, Tina got as excited as I was about the new book. Indie bookstore owners and workers have such passion about their stores and for literature. 


Next time you're in Suttons Bay, stop in at Bay Books. Next door to Martha's Table restaurant.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures: 

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] 

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure  [Long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize]

 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/



If you find yourself in northern Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands, make time to stop in at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.




Colorful murals grace the walls of the center

 Here you'll find abundant information about the region. 



Lake Superior Art 


Displays about the formation of Lake Superior


And copper artifacts from region

 And the top floor of the center is a lookout platform with views of the Apostle Islands.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Walking Lake Michigan for Charity

I've met many interesting people who have a connection to Lake Michigan. As you may know, this lake is my favorite Great Lake, and I walked around it in 2009.

When I gave my Lake Michigan presentation in Wilmette, IL (north of Chicago), I met Paul Binder. He said he was going to walk most of the edge of Michigan's lower peninsula along Lake Michigan.
I told him: "The lake is high this year."
And he told me he was raising money for a charity in Chicago. 
I invited Paul to contact me when he hiked near my home and I'd join him. We met up yesterday in Frankfort and hiked south to Arcadia.





Paul arrived on his motorcycle. 

Paul's ride


Mayfly


Paul holding a friendly mayfly

 We had a gorgeous day and plenty of beach (well, at least until the last mile...).

Lake Michigan south of Frankfort


We met up with this fantastic snake on the lakeshore. It is a hognose, a gorgeous, 
non-venomous snake.


Paul takes a break


Wet feet!



Losing our beach!


Crowded by this perched dune

 We hiked just over 11 miles together.

Learn more about the charity Paul is raising funds for HERE.



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Isle Royale Sunrise


Sunrise on Isle Royale begins with a glow on the horizon, then a wash of color.


It spreads and builds as the sun creeps up over the horizon.






This sunrise was reflected in Feldtmann Lake on the island's SW corner. I could hear a moose splashing along the edge of the trees in the distance. And a beaver swam past taking inventory of his trees.




Next year, I will lead an all-women team of hikers searching for moose bones and gathering scientific data on the island. 
If you are interested, please email me at:  LakeTrek@gmail.com

More info about Moosewatch Expeditions
HERE.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Moose of Isle Royale


Moose are abundant on Isle Royale. Conservative estimates put the island population at 1,500 moose, but it may be much higher.

Isle Royale moose (and video below)







There are only 2 remaining wolves on the island and the National Parks Service plans to introduce more wolves this fall.
Over the winter, the island will change as wolves form packs and claim territory. Then they will begin to cull the weaker moose from the population. 

Next year's Moosewatch Expedition will track the changes new wolves bring to this rugged island.

The bull moose skull I found this year 


In 2019, I will lead an ALL-WOMEN TEAM on a Moosewatch Expedition. We will hike a portion of the island looking for moose bones and gathering data on wildlife.

Mark Kanitz with the skull he found (above) and his original art work (below)






One hiker, Mark Kanitz (above with the antlered skull he found this year) is an accomplished wildlife artist. Check out the Isle Royale scene he painted on a moose antler (above). See more of his artwork HERE.



If you'd like more information on the Moosewatch Expedition, go HERE.

And if you'd like information on hiking on the women's team with me next May, shoot me an email at:  LakeTrek@gmail.com

Skulls gathered from the field and brought back to scientists













Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sandy Edges


Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures: 

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] 

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure  [Long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize]

 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/




I have walked thousands of miles on sandy shoreline. One of the perks of walking on sand is that you can often see who was there before you.
Here are some of my favorite shots of tracks along the sandy edge.


Gull gathering


Deer



Black bear


Crayfish


Small bird


Racoon meeting


Horse!




And a beach walker



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Great Lakes Keynote Speaker

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures: 

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] 

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure  [Long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize]

 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/


in Portage, Michigan, chose a theme this year that is close to my heart:
H.O.M.E.S.

That's the acronym used to remember the names of the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior).


Festival organizers (L>R): Co-Pastors Jerry and Janet,  and Sara Vogel 


 Here are a few of the entries into this year's juried art show:







This year was the sixth art festival focusing on the intersection of the environment and the arts.
I was honored to be the keynote speaker for this event.