The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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. 

To learn more about her work, or to engage her as a speaker, go to

I get out to hike at least twice a week no matter the weather. I love being out there in the elements, pushing against the wind, balancing on ice, pushing to get up the next hill.

There's always something to see.

Wildlife, plants, fungi, tracks, clouds.

This week, I hiked the trails at the The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. There are a few miles of trails looping through and up some tall, wooded dunes.

I came across a tree being dismantled by pileated woodpeckers. This bird was the inspiration for 'Woody Woodpecker,' and its call is similar to the laughter of the cartoon character.

Check out these photos and one video:

The woodpecker is at the top of the above photo.

There is a massive hemlock (~12 feet in diameter) on these trails. It's quite a specimen!

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