The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

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.




Sunday, September 15, 2019

Restoring Our Rivers

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/



There are so many rivers that feed our magnificent Great Lakes. The health of these rivers and wetlands determine the health of our lakes.

 The Grand Traverse Conservation District has been restoring the Boardman River by removing three dams. This allows the river to return to flowing within the banks where it once flowed.

I helped plant trees along one section of restored river earlier this year, 
and today I hiked a section of the river flowing through the Brown Bridge Quiet area.

Enjoy these images from the hike:





































Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sleeping Bear Point Trail

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/



One of the iconic hiking trails within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the Sleeping Bear Point Trail.

The trailhead is near the Maritime Museum. The loop takes you to within sight of Lake Michigan (a trail spur takes you down to the edge of the water), along the back of the sleeping bear dune, then through a ghost forest, through the dunes, then a forested area, before returning to the trailhead.

The trail is labeled #9 at the top of this map

Check out some photos from my hike in the dunes.












A Merlin falcon hovered above me







Into the ghost forest












There is SO MUCH to explore