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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Part III

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Part III

The Cottonwood Trail is scenic post number four along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It was a remarkable hike because the landscape clearly demonstrates the ecological concept of succession, and I had that in mind as I did it. Being a mountain biker who has been to two IMBA Trails Schools and helped build a few trails, I also had something else in mind: … Read entire article »

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Part II

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Part II

A view of Glen Lake from the Cottonwood Trail. The hill along the left side of the lake is Alligator Hill. Glen Lake Overlook The Glen Lake Overlook is scenic post number two on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The post gives a nice view of the lake, but the lake can also be seen from scenic posts three and four and the dune climb. The formation of Glen Lake is very interesting. According to … Read entire article »

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Platte River Campground

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:  Platte River Campground

The Midwest Mountain Bike Summit ended on Sunday, September 12, and I drove straight up to the Platte River Campground to meet my parents for a weekend of camping. This campground is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This was the first time I’ve seen the lakeshore since I was a really little kid, and the only recollection I have of it was climbing the dune. We had a mixture of … Read entire article »

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Triple Header

Triple Header

Di and Amanda against the blue ice of Lake Superior. My friend, Amanda, and I took a little snowshoe journey out to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse last Sunday. It was during that excursion that we acquired the photos for Monday’s photo essay and Tuesday’s lighthouse story. We began the day with a little ski excursion up at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, where new ski trails were created over the last summer. There is … Read entire article »

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A Good Start

A Good Start

I decided to head to Copper Harbor to greet 2009 with people I hold near and dear to me: my friends. I was quite surprised to find that this little white, northernmost town in Michigan provided the most exciting New Year’s party in the history of Di. New Year’s even started on a healthy note when I took a little stroll along Lake Superior with my good friend, Amanda. There was a break … Read entire article »

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Bear Meets Bear

I took the little wieners for a pre-breakfast walk to the end of the road, this morning. We turned to head home and I saw a large, black outline crossing the road ahead. At first, I thought dog, however this figure did not exhibit the movements of a large, annoying black dog left to roam freely sans owner. No, its back was rounded and its legs slowly swung forward as it made its way to my adjacent neighbor’s property. I stopped. “That’s a bear!” I thought to myself. “No, it can’t be. Yet, I surely know perfectly well that it could be a bear.” I decided it was a bear. It was a bear. It was a bear. Ok, now that that was established, I turned to call my dogs toward home, but … Read entire article »

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