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Beautiful fungi and mushrooms of Power Island


  Power Island (previously known as Marion Island or Ford Island) is a 202 acre island that is located approximately one mile west of Old Mission Peninsula in the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. This heavily wooded preserve has … Continue reading

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Favorite shoreline & inland hikes of NW Lower Michigan


The list below includes those trails that are primarily geared towards hikers rather than cyclists. The only exception is the Boardman Lake Loop Trail.  Shoreline hikes refer to those that are along Lake Michigan or Grand Traverse Bay. Meanwhile, inland … Continue reading

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It was forty years ago today…


—– Spoiler Alert – If you don’t want to know what happens in the book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, stop here. —– No, it wasn’t “…when Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” It was, on Christmas Eve in … Continue reading

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A “grand vision” of a loop trail


Several terms have become synonymous with continuous urban loop trails. These include Rim Trails, Metro Edge Ways, and Knapsack Pathways. All three of these terms were highlighted by trail-scholar Bob Searns, AICP at the 2016 Michigan Statewide Trail Summit, as … Continue reading

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TC is “Totally Cool”


There are certain cities that immediately exude a cool or hip vibe the very moment you arrive. I call this the “it factor,” as in you just know it and feel it as soon as you get there. It may be … Continue reading

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America’s original bicycling paradise


Numerous reports, stories, and studies tout Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Davis, California; and other communities in the United States as the most bikeable or bike-friendly. What they often overlook is the one and only community in the country … Continue reading

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Reese Witherspoon goes “Wild” on the big screen


Five of us had the chance to see the movie depiction of Cheryl Strayed’s marvelous book Wild last night. While film adaptations of books can sometimes be disappointing, in this case the effort done to accurately represent the book by … Continue reading

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Scaling 8,144 foot Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado


Last Saturday (October 11th), just 12 hours after arriving from Michigan, we undertook an arduous hike to the top of Green Mountain, Colorado. The weather forecast was poor for Sunday, so Saturday was our best opportunity to enjoy the splendid … Continue reading

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If the movie “Wild” is half as good as the book…


Here’s the trailer for Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. The movie is the screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s marvelous book of the same name. Easily the best book of 2013, Wild should be amazing on film, particularly under the direction of … Continue reading

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National trails day is tomorrow – June 7th!


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