The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Swanson Nature Preserve

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. 


To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to 

http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/




The Leelanau Conservancy has preserved some wonderful tracts of land on the Leelanau Peninsula. 
I recently hiked the Swanson Preserve. It is a slice of land that runs from M22 to the shoreline of Little Traverse Lake.




The hike is short, but lovely. It winds through a cedar swamp and over a little stream. Boardwalks lifted me over the wetter parts.
Over 200 varieties of plants have been identified here, and the conservancy has a wildflower rescue program where plants are potted and sold in the spring to help support the work of the conservancy.
Here are some photos:









Trails are blazed




The pileated woodpecker has done some work here




Some trees couldn't hold on during a big blow




Woodpecker tracks on birch bark









Little Traverse Lake











Exoskeleton left behind









It's a short, worthwhile hike. There's even a bench along the little lake to take a moment to watch the light play on the water.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Jordan Valley Pathway

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. 


To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to 

http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/




With colors peaking Up North, I headed to the Jordan River Valley to do a 2-day hike as the leaves began to let loose and flutter to the ground.
This hike is located east of Torch Lake near Alba.
More info from the DNR HERE.

Check out the brilliant colors:













This loop hike is listed as 'moderate.' 
It was just over 21 miles...





...with a total climb of almost 2,400 feet.


A wonderful walk in the woods.





Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wild Lake Michigan

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. 


To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to 

http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/




I headed to the lakeshore this week to see the wild winds whipping up Lake Michigan. 











All of the Great Lakes are at or near record high levels. And levels are expected to remain high in 2020. Read more HERE.





Sunday, October 13, 2019

Treat Farm Trail to Mount Baldy

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. 


To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to 

http://www.laketrek.com/great-lakes-speaker/




I took a lovely fall hike with my rucking friends. 'Rucking' is hiking with a weighted pack. 
(HERE is the facebook page for the Traverse Area Rucking Club.) We hike weekly alongside the Traverse City Track Club.

Sometimes, we have extra energy so we gather to hike again. 
With the leaves beginning to change and the air getting cooler, we headed to the lakeshore to hike through the Treat Farm to Mt. Baldy in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


Harry (wearing his amazing kilt), Terri, and Homer


Lake Michigan and the magnificent dunes 




 The wind was howling when we reached the top of the dunes. What a view!





Homer, Terri, & Harry






Platte Bay


Hiking back to Treat Farm





The original Treat Farm


Some shots inside the farm house: 





Front porch of the house:


 This trail is just south of the Empire Bluff Trail and loops up to Mt. Baldly and back (about 2.8 miles). You could go up the Treat Trail (on Norcock Road off of M22 south of Empire), hike along the dune trail, then back down the Empire Bluff Trail.

Hmmmm....that might be my next day hike!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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. 


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 traveling and speaking about my adventures exploring our magnificent Great Lakes. Last week was my busiest with 6 events in 5 days.

I love sharing my journeys with audiences, and these events were packed.
The venues ranged from Senior Centers, to a community college, to an expo center, and a library. 

My newest talk:  Isle Royale, Wilderness Island
was delivered at two of these packed venues.


Georgetown Connections Senior Center in Jenison, MI 



The big screen at the Wyoming Senior Center


Nice crowd for my Lake Michigan talk


The room fills for my Isle Royale talk in Northville, MI


120 people attended my talk on the islands of our Great Lakes at Schoolcraft College


The room was packed at Schoolcraft College!




My final event was at the Buy Michigan Now festival in Jackson, MI. Hundreds of people came out to support Michigan products and Michigan authors.

I am currently booking engagements for 2020.
See my list of events past and future HERE.

And to inquire about my availability to speak at your event, go HERE.