The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ice on 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: 

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

In the middle of March, I hiked the edge of Lake Michigan near Leland, Michigan.
The beach had been cleared of ice the week prior, but low temps had allowed ice to form again. Wind stacked up slabs of ice near the shoreline.

Some of the ice had that lovely blueish color. Icicles formed along even formed inverted.
Check out the photos from that sunny day:

Ice slabs stacked up along the shoreline -- up to 8 feet tall in places

Blueish tinge to some ice slabs

This icicle is probably the bottom half of an icicle off the tree

Ice has power as it is moved by wind and waves. The glaciers transported rocks as they moved through the region, scraping, pushing and conveying rocks hundreds of miles on their journeys. 

Ice moves rocks

Even larger stones can be carried along by ice slabs

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