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Black Diamond Trekking Poles Unboxing and Review

By Stacie / January 21, 2024 / Comments Off on Black Diamond Trekking Poles Unboxing and Review

Join me for this unboxing and review of Black Diamond Women’s Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles. The adjustable clips are easy to use and the tension can be adjusted with a small tool that came with the set. These poles feature cork handles have an ergonomic shape and are comfortable to grip on long hikes.…

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Day Hike at Lake Ann Pathway

By Stacie / March 12, 2023 / Comments Off on 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.…

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Day Hike at Mt. Minnie

By Stacie / February 26, 2023 / Comments Off on 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…

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NMI Cemetery

TOUR North Manitou Island Cemetery

By Stacie / October 11, 2022 / Comments Off on TOUR North Manitou Island Cemetery

Join me for this quick walk through tour of the beautiful historic cemetery on the North Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Located in federally protected wilderness, this cemetery is only visited by backcountry campers. Once part of a thriving island community of farmers, loggers, surfmen, and summer residents, it is now…

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Pilgrimage to Pilgrim Haven

By Stacie / June 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Pilgrimage to Pilgrim Haven

Visiting Pilgrim Haven Last week, I visited Pilgrim Haven Natural Area near South Haven for a day hike. The Pilgrim Haven Natural Area is part of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC), having been set aside through a generous donation by a local philanthropist Suzanne Upjohn Parish. After decades of sitting idle, this special property…

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Hammock and fly

Fourteen nights in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, 2011-05-20 to 2011-06-03

By Stacie / March 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Fourteen nights in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, 2011-05-20 to 2011-06-03

Vince Sadowski Go grab a sandwich, this will take a while, and this is the condensed version!  2011-05-13, Friday, A false start I still haven’t had any sleep, been up all night packing, hit the road around 4 AM. Get within 30 miles of ferry, and they call and cancelled the trip. D’Oh! Continue to…

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Hammock set up on Old Baldy dune

Another Two Weeks in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, May 16-30, 2014

By Stacie / March 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Another Two Weeks in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, May 16-30, 2014

Vince Sadowski Before the trip: I was originally scheduled to return to Manitou Island on May 9, but the winter has been so long and cold that the harbor at Leland was still frozen, so my trip was rescheduled for May 16. My primary objective of this trip will be to find the elusive Angell…

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