The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kerrytown Bookfest

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com




The theme of this year's Kerrytown BookFest is "Travels with Books."
I'm honored to be a presenter this year, paired with another Great Lakes author, Maureen Dunphy.

While I was hiking, biking, and kayaking to explore many islands in the Great Lakes Basin, Maureen was on a similar journey. Her goal, she says on her website:

"I made a total of 27 trips to 136 Great Lakes Basin islands. These were all of the islands I could find, accessible by ferry or bridge, in the Basin–which includes the connecting rivers/straits as well as the five Great Lakes themselves. "


That's right, Maureen traveled to every island she could find that was accessible by ferry or bridge!

Here's her book (published by Wayne State University Press and released this year):

The book is filled with essential guidebook information about each island ("How to Get There" "What to Expect" "Paths to Adventure" "Cultural Attractions" and "Special Island Events" and more). It's also filled with colorful maps and photos.

Pages from Dunphy's book


Maureen also took the time to gather information to put under the heading "How You Can Support the Island." The museums, conservancy organizations, cultural foundations, and much more listed here are fantastic ways for the island traveler to connect in a deeper way with their favorite islands.

This book goes beyond the standard guidebook in many ways, but my favorite was the inclusion of excerpts from Maureen's personal notes from her traveling journal.

I'm looking forward to presenting our island adventures at the Kerrytown BookFest. We will show photos and videos from our journeys and share some special places to visit on the islands of the Great Lakes.

When:  Sunday, September 11, 2016
(*our presentation will be at 2:45 at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave.)
Where:  Kerrytown in Ann Arbor, MI
Who:  Great Lakes Authors, Maureen Dunphy & Loreen Niewenhuis

Learn more about the full schedule of events here: Kerrytown Bookfest.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

National Park Centennial


Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com



On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the law establishing a new federal bureau, the National Parks Service (NPS). At that time there were 35 national parks and monuments. Today there are 59. The NPS is responsible for protecting and managing these national treasures.

Michigan is home to 5 of these parks.


Two are national lakeshores:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan


One is a historic district on the Keweenaw Peninsula:


Map of National Historical Park on the Keweenaw


One is a battlefield near Monroe:

The site of a pivotal battle during the War of 1812

And the final one is Isle Royale, the second-largest island in the Great Lakes.

A shed moose antler on Isle Royale

This week marks the centennial of the NPS.
Happy 100th!
Enjoy and explore our National parks. 
Learn more HERE and HERE.

30-seconds Hiking Isle Royale

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


I have seen so much natural beauty while exploring our Great Lakes.

Let me share just a glimpse of some of the places I've been.

Here's 30 seconds of hiking on Isle Royale as part of a Moosewatch Expedition Team. The team walks one of the many stone ridges running the length of the island.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Great Lakes Speaker

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


This Friday I traveled to South Haven, Michigan, to visit one of my favorite indie bookstores
Black River Books.


On the rise overlooking the beach at South Haven


Black River Books in South Haven

  This bookstore carries mostly used books (a thoughtfully gathered selection), along with some new books.

Co-owner Pam Haferman helps customers purchase my books


Black River Books had plenty of copies of my three books (they still have a few signed copies in stock!)

  Then, I headed to the senior center to give my Lake Michigan presentation to the group there.

Michelle Davis introduces me to the group of seniors in Van Buren County


The group gets ready for my presentation

 I have traveled to nine states speaking to groups about our amazing Great Lakes. In September I will be a featured speaker at the Kerrytown Bookfest. 


Go HERE to see all my upcoming author events.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Galleon Andalucia Docks in Traverse City

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


For my second Great Lakes Adventure, I participated in the recreation of the Battle of Lake Erie. Fifteen tall ships sailed Lake Erie for this event. It was the largest naval battle reenactment ever done in America.

This week I had the pleasure of watching another tall ship, the galleon Andalucia enter West Grand Traverse Bay and dock at the harbor.

Andalucia at the dock 

 This ship is a reproduction of a Spanish galleon from the 1500s -- predating the ships that took place in the Battle of Lake Erie by centuries.

The stern of the Andalucia


This 500-ton vessel is over 150 feet long! 

People line up to tour the galleon


Thursday, July 21, 2016

30 seconds on Isle Royale

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


I have seen so much natural beauty while exploring our Great Lakes.

Let me share just a glimpse of some of the places I've been. Here's 30 seconds on Isle Royale. A quiet day on one of the island's many lakes, Linklater Lake.



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

On the Road

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com



This June I had some exciting speaking engagements around the state of Michigan.

I first spoke to over 60 people at the Farmington Hills Community Library:


The auditorium begins to fill for the event


Farmington Hills Public Library

 And I spoke at Michigan's oldest courthouse in Berrien Springs:



The courthouse is now a History Center.


The courthouse filled up to hear my presentation about the islands of the Great Lakes


Interesting exhibits at the History Center


And I was also the keynote speaker for the Elk-Skegemog Lake Association's annual meeting.

Elk Rapid's historic Township Hall


Quite a crowd!


I am currently beginning to book engagements for 2017.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sinkholes and Walking Ferns

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


During my speaking tour in the eastern U.P., I had time to do a quick hike near Cedarville.
A couple who attended my talk at the library told me that they had a sinkhole on their property. These form when limestone is slowly dissolved by water and this type of formation is called 
karst topography.


Sink hole in background


Maya the dog gives scale to this depression (note the stream of water disappearing in the middle of the sinkhole)


 Also on this property, there was an unusual plant, a "walking fern" in the genus Asplenium. This name comes from the way the plant propagates: new plants grow where the arching leaves touch the ground making it appear that the plant is "walking."


walking fern

This property was wonderful to explore.

Tree atop a limestone ledge


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Eastern Upper Peninsula Tour

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com




After my time hiking Isle Royale with a MooseWatch Team (which I'll blog about soon), I spoke at three libraries in the eastern U.P.

Bayliss Public Library is in Sault Ste. Marie, so I spent some time watching the freighters move through the Soo Locks.


Best snack spread ever!



Audience at Bayliss


With Head Librarian of Les Cheneaux Library, Jane French

Audience at Les Cheneaux Library

And I had a third engagement at Engadine Public Library. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear about the islands of our Great Lakes.