The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Johnson's Island

The first island I explored on my new adventure 
JOHNSON'S ISLAND in Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie.

Deer on Johnson's Island

The quarry on the interior of the island is now an inland bay with a luxury development

Me, my sister Leslie, and cousins Gina and Carrie

There is rich history on this diminutive island connected to the Civil War

Graveyard where the Confederate POWs were buried if they died while on the island

This statue overlooks the bay at the cemetery, forever keeping watch

I will explore many more Great Lakes islands on 
my new adventure!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The NEXT Adventure

Yes, there will be a NEXT adventure.

Just as my first hike around Lake Michigan gave rise to my second journey touching all five Great Lakes, 
the later journey gave rise to my newest adventure:

Exploring the ISLANDS of the

Did you know that there are over 30,000 islands in the Great Lakes and connecting waterways? 

It would take several lifetimes to explore them all! 

So, I will explore a thousand miles of these islands by hiking, kayaking, and even bicycling.

I also plan to explore and even help with some of the research projects on the islands:

  • The moose/wolf study on Isle Royal in Lake Superior
  • The study of the piping plover on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan
  • The Lake Erie water snake research on South Bass Island

I have been weaving this island adventure in with my current book tour. I'm having a blast exploring and researching some our fascinating Great Lakes islands and will blog about them soon!

This adventure will span two years, 2013-14.

It is:


Walk, paddle, and peddle along with me...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Author's New Title Indie-Only for Three Months

Shelf Awareness has written this article about my idea of pre-releasing my book to the indies!

Go Indie Bookstores!

Go Indie Bookstores!

[If you need help locating the indie bookstore nearest to you, go to and just put in your zip code!
WHERE you buy your books is important!]

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tales From Book Tour in Wisconsin

The book tour took me to Wisconsin 
this month where I had several events.

The first was at the 
in Milwaukee 
where I gave a lecture on the Great Lakes.

Immature bald eagle at SANC

 This is a wonderful center located right on Lake Michigan!

Jean introduces me to the crowd

 I then headed up the Door Peninsula, taking time to visit the
Cana Island Lighthouse.

Cana Island Lighthouse

 Then I headed to Washington Island where I had the unusual task of delivering copies of my new book to the bookstore there,
Islandtime Books, because my new book was backordered!

A very special delivery!!

I didn't have my car on the island, so I loaded them into the basket of a rented bike and paddeled them to the store. This store hosted me for a signing while I was on the island.

Columbine in bloom

Owner Kathleen Dixon at Islandtime Books, Washington Island

Baileys Harbor bookstore!

My final event in Wisconsin (for now) was at Novel Ideas Books on the Door Peninsula. What beautiful country up that way, and warm, friendly, "book" people!

Anyone curious about why my backpack was along for the tour...?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tales from the Book Tour!

My name in lights!!

The book tour is taking me all over the Great Lakes region.

Earlier this week, I had two engagements on the same day!

There was an enthusiastic crowd at the Houghton Lake Public Library.  Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest inland lake and it (and the town) are named after Michigan's first geologist, 
Douglass Houghton.

Noontiders in Glen Arbor, Michigan

I also gave a lecture to a men's group, 
The Noontiders of Glen Arbor

Lecturing in Glen Arbor

Chatting with members of the Noontiders after giving my lecture

Flanked by Frank (L) and Peter (R) at Noontiders

I'm having a fantastic time on 
my book tour and 
I hope to see YOU along the way!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Tour Travels to Grand Rapids

 This week, the tour with my new book


took me to Grand Rapids and Lansing.

My first stop was at WJRW in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids River is back within its banks after flooding last month

Host Dave Jaconette welcomes me in studio

I had some time before my appearance that evening in Lansing,
so I visited the Gerald R. Ford Museum
the GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum). 

Art at the GRAM

Great exhibits at this museum

The Ford Museum is right on the Grand River

The day closed with an evening appearance at the 
B&N at Lansing Mall.