Nature’s Way From The South Manitou Island LighthouseBy Jonathan SchechterThe landscape that is now Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is rightfully described as a masterpiece of ice, wind and water. It came into existence some 13,000 years ago as the last great glacier retreated leaving behind a raw landscape that gave birth to our Great […]
It snowed eight inches again last night. Here we are, halfway through April and Northern Michigan is back to winter wonderland for the second time in 10 days. We’ve had these little windows of spring that allowed us a hike on the beach last weekend. It was a mix of beautiful sandy beach to stretch […]
Due to the thunderstorm, we started out on our third annual Leaf Day hike a little later than usual. The boys wanted to hike the dunes, so my goal was to hit the most remote and difficult-to-get-to spots on this special day off from work and school.
Steph dropped me off with the boys at the […]
Above is a favorite angle of the Crystal River at the Dunns Farm Rd culvert.
Here is a second view of the Dunns Farm culvert looking straight up the Crystal River. If you have never paddled the Crystal in the winter, this mild winter would be a great year to do it.
Can you see the duck […]
We took a look back at what was a fantastic year here at Cherry Republic. We had so much fun and accomplished so much, we just had to make a top eleven list of some of our favorite events and accomplishments of 2015.
New labels and Packaging – Over the course of a 5 months, we’ve updated much […]
The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign has raised $45,000. Thank you to all who have contributed to this important effort. From the moment the storm cleared, we’ve been hard at work clearing, rebuilding and fundraising. What have we accomplished in the three months since the storm? Here is a short photo blog update:
We have to […]
What should citizens do on Leaf Day? Dress up? Give gifts? Hide Baskets? Make a big dinner? Those are all too much work. How about do nothing. How about a purposeless day? A day to just reflect on the beauty of nature?
Leaf Day was created by Cherry Republic to celebrate the amazing colors of […]
In partnership with between Cherry Republic, Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, and Friends of Sleeping Bear have taken steps towards better maintaining the historic farm fields in the National Park. Cherry Republic has offered to purchase and donate, over five years, a tractor for the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear is charged with […]
4 pm ~ 8/3/15
I am sitting outdoors under a great white oak. It is one of the proud survivors that stand among his fallen brothers. Both oak and I are stunned at the severity of this storm and Glen Arbor’s great white oaks are the ones that took the brunt of this bewildering storm of […]
Ice formations on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Sleeping Bear Bay
After a long, cold winter, spring is coming to northern Michigan! While there is still a chill in the air and doubtlessly more snow before summer, the sun is noticeably warmer and the piles of snow and ice are melting.
If you picture spring in […]