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Lonnie Kester: A farmer with a vision builds a public trail

By Howard Meyerson Lonnie Kester grew up on a Michigan farm and farming is his life. But the 58-year-old family man from Millington – a rural village northeast of Flint – is known for more than his agri-business interests. Though … Continue reading

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Mountain biking fourteeners creates a rift in the outdoor community 

Increasingly the question surfaces: Where should mountain bikes be allowed? How about mountain trails, particularly the popular Colorado fourteeners, known for their elevation? Joe Lindsey’s feature in Bicycling Magazine sheds some light on the complexity of the question. What complexity? Read … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan shipwreck zone to become national sanctuary

An 80-mile long stretch of Lake Michigan is on its way to  becoming the second Great Lakes National Marine Sanctuary. A story on MLive today reports the site contains 30 known shipwrecks including the “Rouse Simmons, a three-masted schooner known … Continue reading

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Geospatial PDFs point hikers in right direction on North Country National Scenic Trail

By Howard Meyerson Experienced hikers know a map and compass are two essential items to pack on any trek. But, what about electronic navigation: using GPS or the new digital navigation apps that can be downloaded into a mobile device … Continue reading

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North Country Trail offers unique hiking opportunity near Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids is a walker’s paradise, full of parks where an hour or more can be spent outdoors walking. But for those who seek an entire day on the trail, an excellent opportunity is found just 30 … Continue reading

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Time for a bit of wild

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A beauty of a snake

You don’t see these very often in the wilds of Michigan –  Coluber constrictor foxi – otherwise known as the  Blue Racer, but a few of us did today while hiking on the North Country National Scenic Trail. The encounter was … Continue reading

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Artist looks to fund Alaskan painting expedition

Canoeing and painting are the backbone of Rob Mullen’s life. The West Bolton, Vermont expedition artist and executive director of  the Wilderness River Expedition Art Fellowship, a non-profit he founded to encourage artists to immerse themselves in wild, natural terrain, … Continue reading

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Bear country manners called for when camping in bear country

By Howard Meyerson A few years ago, a friend and I were walking back to a campground, backtracking on a remote Upper Peninsula trail. Overcast skies had threatened rain. We’d spent a moody, chilly day tramping through deep forest. Then, … Continue reading

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Bill Field: Visionary Founder of Michigan’s First Paved Rail-Trail

Note: Bill Field was a remarkable man. I had the good fortune to work with him many years ago when I was still a cub journalist. This is the story of  his challenge to save an abandoned rail corridor so … Continue reading

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