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Day 1

Just Paddling

Looking for something new to watch? Try “just paddling”, a new playlist on our YouTube channel dedicated to relaxing on the water. We have been compiling video of various rivers and lakes in Michigan, and currently have 15 videos to share. Float down the Manistee River, Platte River, Au Sable River, and Platte Lake. Enjoy…

Katie Shepard Hotel

Tour of Historic Katie Shepard Hotel

Walk through the Katie Shepard Hotel with me on North Manitou Island! It is normally closed to the public, and this is a great opportunity for you to see inside. Built in 1985, this beautiful building is being lovingly restored. We did our second volunteer trip to North Manitou Island this month, this time with…

Kevin Mark

Voices of North Mantou: Kevin Mark

Enjoy a virtual visit to North Manitou with Kevin Mark and his stories. We have a new episode of our history series: Voices of North Manitou. This series explores the history of the North Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through the people who have lived, worked, played, and been a part…

Backcountry Couples

Backcountry Couples

  Watch our guest appearance on Backcountry Couples! One of the great things about the outdoors industry is all the fun people we are able to meet, especially Jonny and Colleen Kuehl. We met them this winter at the Quiet Adventures Symposium, where we were all presenting. They use their platform for education, information, and…

Woman in chair

Voices of North Manitou: Virginia Craker Marsden

We are pleased to announce a new series: Voices of North Manitou. This series will explore the history of the North Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through the people who have lived, worked, played, and been a part of island life over the years. The first in this oral history series…


Day Hike at Lake Ann Pathway

We did a short hike of two miles at the Lake Ann Pathway adjacent to the Lake Ann State Forest Campground, on a sunny March afternoon. This lovely area is near the town of Lake Ann, a few miles SW of Traverse City, Michigan. There are a total of 5.8 miles on the trail system.…


Day Hike at Mt. Minnie

It has been a cloudy winter, without much sunshine or much good snow for outdoor recreation. Here in Northern Michigan today on this February Sunday, we are having blue skies, with sunshine to make the snow sparkle. Today was a first visit to the Mt. Minnie Nature Preserve in Honor, MI. This 65 acre preserve…

Snowblower in driveway

Product Review: Snow Joe Electric Snowthrower

New Winter Gear! Winters in Northern Michigan can have a lot of snowfall, and what better than a snowblower to assist with clearing the driveway? We purchased a new Snow Joe SJ627E 22-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower. Watch while we unbox it, and give you our first impression with an early snowfall. Product purchased HERE.…

Cottage and trees

TOUR Cottage Row

Tour Cottage Row on North Mantiou Island Tour Cottage Row! Take a walking tour of the historic Cottage Row area in the Village on North Manitou Island. This remote wilderness island is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Northern Lake Michigan. This video features exterior views around all sides of the cottages,…

Canoe front in water with paddle

Product Review: Fishell Canoe Paddles

Just out: our product review for Fishell canoe paddles. Getting out for an October paddle on the Platte River and Platte Lake is a treat on a sunny fall day in Michigan! We finally got the chance to get out in the canoe with our new Fishell Paddles. These paddles are cherry wood with the…