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