The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Friday, October 20, 2017

Great Lakes Walk Anniversary

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


Five years ago today I completed my 1,000-mile hike exploring all five Great Lakes.
The yellow line in the map below traces the route of this adventure. I spent time on each Great Lake and also hiked some of the watery connections between the lakes.

The yellow route is my Great Lakes Walk

 Here are some highlights from this journey:

Pictured Rocks along Lake Superior


Hiking along limestone-strewn Lake Huron



Niagara Falls

St. Clair River and the Blue Water Bridge



Hiking along Lake Erie


Lake Huron


Lake Huron


Lake St. Clair


Hiking the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario


Group that hiked final miles with me to finish line of Niagara Falls



  I learned so much about our Great Lakes on this adventure. Each lake has a unique "personality." The geology differs in each basin. And each lake has unique conditions for aquatic life.

The full story of this walk is in my second book (also available as an audiobook):




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flowers Emerge

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 hiked a Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale three times, all in the month of May. 
This year was early in the month and snow and even icicles persisted in secluded places on the island.

Icicles on a rock wall 

Spring was making inroad while we hiked, though, and flowers hesitantly emerged.





Wild violets




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creatures Awake

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


Islands are isolated ecosystems and generally have a limited number of creatures on them.
Isle Royale has only 15 mammals living there, and only three species of snakes (garter, red-bellied, and rat snake).

My Moosewatch Team came across two species of snakes this May:


Garter snake (upper photo) and Red-bellied snake (lower photo)

Another life form was waking up on the island.
This ant colony was still huddled together for warmth, but check out their antennae on the video below...



video

Sunday, September 24, 2017

In-island Lakes

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 year I hiked my third Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale. We explored the island east of Malone Bay and around several inland lakes including the largest, Siskiwit Lake. This lake is not only the largest on the island, but also has an island in the lake, Ryan Island. And Ryan Island is therefore the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Whew!
Enjoy these photos and videos of a few of the dozens of inland lakes. 














Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Empire Bluff Trail


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 recently revisited one of my favorite hikes along Lake Michigan's shoreline. It is the Empire Bluff Trail near Empire, Michigan. 
The view from the top is amazing.




 Two years ago, a strong storm with shearing winds blew through the area knocking down many trees. Those trees have been decaying, returning to the earth, giving habitat to creatures. 
The loss of those mature trees also opened up the canopy allowing more sunshine to reach the forest floor. New trees are taking their place. 

Some of these downed trees are taking on a sculptural quality as they lose their bark and weather away.





Some trees reveal how the wind has twisted them over time.



 This excellent spider lives along the trail, too.







Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Teamwork 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


This year I hiked my third Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale. 
This is a team venture, and we rely on each other throughout the week.


Team (L>R) Mark, Me, Bob, Chris, Jenny, & Hal


Mark holds a found antler



The wildlife study is led by Rolf Peterson 


Jenny and Chris (our team leader)


Me and Jenny by a huge fallen tree


Chris takes a bite


The team spreads out to find bones


Breaking camp. Hal cleans house.


Moose team!


On the island


Gathering around the Solo Stove to cook dinner


Friday, August 18, 2017

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



I had a busy week crisscrossing the state of Michigan, giving presentations about my 
Great Lakes Adventures.
The week began in St. Helen, Michigan, where I gave the presentation about my first 1,000-mile hike around Lake Michigan.  


Driving to St. Helen, MI


Richfield Township Library in St. Helen, MI


Then, I headed downstate to Birmingham to the lovely All Seasons community where I gave my
Islands of the Great Lakes presentation. 


All Seasons of Birmingham



All Seasons entry

 On Friday, I had two events. First, I spoke to seniors in Beverly, MI, giving my 
Our Majestic Great Lakes talk.
Then, as I was on my way to the final event of the week (in Marshall, MI), I realized that I would be giving my fourth presentation on 
Isle Royale, Wilderness Island.





Garden and statue outside the Marshall Public Library

That's when I realized that in one week, I was going to deliver all four of my presentations!


Audience at Marshall Public Library

Learn more about my presentations and how to engage me as a speaker HERE.
I am currently booking events for the fall/winter of this year and have started to book events for 2018.