The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Waning Ice on the Shores of Lake Michigan

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and dynamic speaker. 

She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile journeys exploring the Great Lakes and has authored three books about these adventures. 

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There was very little ice on the surface of the Great Lakes this winter. 
And now, in late March, the only ice I saw on my lakeshore walk today (with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic) 
persisted on trees and roots that had been splashed by waves.

The result was sculptural...


and told the story of wind and waves.

In this time of necessary isolation, it was lovely to wave to passing lakeshore strollers, to give a smile, to remember that we are in this together.

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