One of the most beautiful scenic highways in the country cuts right through the middle of the Cherry Republic. M-22 comprises 116 miles of pure driving or biking wonder. Starting north of Manistee, it hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline through Benzie County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, making its way around the north tip of …
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Just one of many amazing Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore views that we will enjoy during the hike.
A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to […]
Local Fourth of July fireworks display over Glen Lake, 2013.
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest weekends all summer in northern Michigan. Visitors from around the country flood the soft beaches, crystal blue waters, and energized towns to enjoy true American freedom.
All those people can be a great amount of fun […]
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has long been renowned for its beauty. Spectacular views of the dunes, rolling hills, inland lakes, and of course Lake Michigan are everywhere.
Until recently, soaking in this gorgeous landscape was most easily accomplished by car. A short drive to one of the scenic overlooks or along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive would have […]
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 […]
Surfers heading to the beach at Sleeping Bear Point. Photo: Beth Price.
It may be about a thousand miles to the nearest ocean, but you can surf in northern Michigan. While the waves are usually small, the right conditions can produce surprisingly large and high-quality surf. Sadly, those conditions aren’t that common until the fall. But after […]