Tag Archives: Hiking

A new beginning

We had wandered through thickly forested dunes for more than an hour when we emerged on the barrens. The contrast was stark. Only scrubby vegetation lay in all directions. These lone trees caught my eye as we hiked into the … Continue reading

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Spring Thaw

Photography by Howard Meyerson I spent a few days on the trail last week, enjoying the warm up and to record the thaw. These are just some of the images I put together in a brief homage to the beauty … Continue reading

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I’m ready

Winter is in full swing here in Michigan. We got pummeled yesterday and the outcome is beautiful. We finally have good X-C skiable snow in southwest Michigan. But, as much as I enjoy traipsing around on snowy trails wearing trail … Continue reading

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Quiet Adventure Symposium goes virtual

The lore and beauty of wooden canoes and the people that love them, the members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (woodencanoe.org), a national non-profit dedicated to preserving wood canoe heritage, are among the 40 or so online Zoom presentations … Continue reading

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Federal funds slated for Negwegon State Park to protect its wetlands

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – A $900,000 federal grant to acquire private property within Negwegon State Park on Lake Huron is going to help protect coastal wetlands and endangered species, according to federal officials. The National Coastal Wetlands … 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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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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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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Nature Nearby: Parks, Trails, Woods and Wildlife Within 10 minutes of downtown Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Though Grand Rapids’ downtown is often bustling, nature is never far away: green havens can be found throughout the city and all along the Grand River corridor. More than two dozen natural environs can be found within … Continue reading

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