This September has truly become an extension of summer. I am thankful that the boys haven’t had any homework, so the moment they are out of school we’ve been able to do all the million things a person can do under the sun in Northern Michigan. Colebrook and Hawthorn caught the biggest fish they’ve ever […]
For the second year in a row, frigid temperatures over Lake Michigan have left it nearly 60% frozen. Those cold temperatures coupled with the strong winds we’ve had over the past month are the perfect ingredients for the formation of ice caves. There were ice caves on Lake Michigan last year, but none had formed so far this year. Until […]
The breathtaking Islands Lookout on Alligator Hill affords a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Bay, the Manitou Islands, and South Fox Island.
Alligator Hill is an often overlooked jewel in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Its nine miles of hiking trails loop their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan.
Located smack […]
Breaking trail for the Bay to Bay Hiking and Kayaking Trail. Here Bob and the team hike through the dunes in Platte Bay with Empire Bluffs and Sleeping Bear Point in the distance.
It’s an epic hike. From south to north across the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hiking the Bay to Bay Trail […]
Just one of the many breathtaking vistas to be found on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
No list of northern Michigan scenery is complete without a mention of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Situated between Glen Arbor and Empire it offers spectacular views, firstly through forest and across Glen Lake, and then over the dunes and out […]
Spring, at last, is making its presence felt in the Republic. The days are noticeably longer and warmer, the snow has almost completely melted, and ice is gradually yielding to open water. Patches of grass are even turning green!
There doubtless remain a few snowy days ahead, and we can never forget the risk of frost, but the weather has turned. The […]
What some have dubbed “the endless winter” may at last be drawing to a close. Spring Break is here! Like many around the country, several at Cherry Republic have skipped town heading for warmer climes.
Those of us left holding the fort in Glen Arbor decided to get out for our very own Cherry Republic-style Spring Break, […]
Hiking back from North Manitou Island towards the Crib with Pyramid Point in the distance.
On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasn’t been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out.
In the 1970’s, Bob’s father and two brothers left the shore […]