The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Shut Down Line 5!

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 was honored to take part in the 
Pipe Out Paddle Protest 
yesterday on the Straits of Mackinac.


Kayaks are 'smudged' using smoke from burning sage


Kayakers and a few stand up paddle boarders gathered near the Mackinac Bridge to call for the shut down of Enbridge Line 5 that is submerged in the water here between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.   

This event was organized by Jannan J. Cornstalk and there were many tribal members at the event. 

Blessing the water ceremony




"Water is Life!" was the call of the day




Jannan J. Cornstalk, event organizer


 Two tribal canoes led the protest.


Tribal canoe








Paddling on the Straits






Flotilla of around 50 kayaks



 The pipeline underneath the water here is 65 years old and is well past its safe lifespan. It is time to decommission this pipeline. 

The clouds moved in as the flotilla headed back to shore




Several tribal members and politicians spoke abut the need to retire Line 5

 Thank you to the tribes and especially Jannan J. Cornstalk for organizing this event.
Learn more about Enbridge Line 5 that runs under the water in the Straits of Mackinac by viewing this movie:  https://youtu.be/ViYpuMZXdzM 



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Great Lakes 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/



I've had a busy year of speaking engagements so far. And I'm looking forward to the events and travels into the fall.


Cool sculpture at the library

Thanks to the Morton Township Library for engaging me to present my Isle Royale presentation earlier this month.




And thanks to the full house of people who came to learn more about this fascinating wilderness island.

I have many more engagements coming up including giving a talk at the Tedx Kalamazoo event. 
See more events HERE.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Perched Dunes

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/


Did you know that there are different types of sand dunes? Along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (stretching between Leland and Frankfort in NW lower Michigan), you'll find a unique type of dune called a 
PERCHED DUNE.

These dunes will be steeper than dunes formed only from sand because perched dunes have layers of stone mixed in with the sand which helps to stabilize the steeper face of the dune.


Rains wash out the sand revealing the stone layers


These mixed dunes were formed when the glaciers melted, dropping their loads of rocks and sand into huge piles. Often, a glacier would be melting at the same rate it was advancing, acting like a conveyer for the tons of sand and rocks carried within the mountain of ice. 

The glaciers were over a mile tall when they covered the Great Lakes Basin!


Stone layers at base of dune

 The stones within the dune have not been tumbled by the lake, so they have sharper edges.


Stones from within dune

 There are a lot of granite stones and boulders along Lake Michigan, but ALL of these stones were transported here by glaciers from the Canadian Shield.


Granite found along Lake Michigan


Enjoy a bit of video from along Lake Michigan, south of Leland, MI:


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wolves!

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/



The National Park Service has completed the final administrative hurdle to authorize the transport of wolves to Isle Royale.
Press Release HERE.

This is good news for this wilderness island with its exploding moose population. Currently there are an estimated 1,500 moose "...with the potential to double in the next 4-5 years without wolf predation" 
(Ecological Studies of Wolves on Isle Royale Annual Report 2017 - 2018 
by Rolf O. Peterson, John A. Vucetich, and Sarah R. Hoy).

The two wolves currently on the island are  7 and 9 years old. They are a male and female, closely related, and not likely to breed successfully. 

New wolves will bring significant changes to the island which will be observed by scientists and volunteers hiking Moosewatch Expeditions.

A huge fallen tree on the island (& Me)


Balsam fir browsed by moose during the winter


Bull moose skull gathered by Moosewatch team 2018

I will lead an all-women team of hikers in 2019 on a Moosewatch Expedition.

If you'd like more information about hiking a Moosewatch Expedition next year, please email me at: 
LakeTrek@gmail.com



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.