The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Insect Encounters

As you might imagine, I met many insects on my trio of 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures.


Two of my favorite encounters are here for you to enjoy.

This walking stick appeared on my shoulder when I took a rest on one of the Thousand Islands.




This insect is a master of mimicry. When I first noticed it on my shoulder, I thought it was a fallen twig and I tried to brush it off.

My most favorite insect is the praying mantis and I saw several on my hikes.

This one hitched a ride on my shorts as I hiked North Manitou Island.








I set him back on a beech tree.


What's your favorite insect and why?

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


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tadpoles

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



Amphibians are sensitive to pollution. There were many times on my hikes where I saw shallow pools filled with tadpoles. It always made me happy to see evidence of a healthy environment on and around our Great Lakes.

Here's a glimpse at tadpoles along Lake Huron:




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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Slowly I Turned...

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




Here's a look at Niagara Falls in motion:


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 It is here that the merged waters from Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie flow north over the falls.
Our Great Lakes move water to the North Atlantic Ocean. 
These waters are on a journey.





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Moment from My Second Adventure

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 my Great Lakes Walk, I hiked the entire "sunrise side" of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This included hiking the length of the Detroit River and the St. Clair River.

Here's a moment hiking along the St. Clair River:



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Shipping on the Great 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




There are around 200 lake freighters moving goods and raw materials around our Great Lakes. 

Here's a moment along the St. Clair River from my second adventure
A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk.





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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Moment on a Tall Ship on Lake Erie

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



Here is a moment during the reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Fifteen tall ships gathered near the Lake Erie Islands to go through the motions of that fateful battle in 1813.




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The American Navy was victorious. This was the first battle that the British Navy lost. All their ships were captured.

Oliver Hazard Perry reported the results of the battle to his commander with the famous line:

"We have met the enemy...
and they are ours."

I was honored to be part of this reenactment and my account of that day -- along with the historic account from 1813 -- can be found in my third book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

30 Seconds on Lake Michigan

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





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There is so much to explore in our Great Lakes region. Here is tonight's sunset as seen from the beach in Empire, Michigan.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Island Adventure 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



The book about this adventure

 Today is the second anniversary of the completion of my Great Lakes Island Adventure.

Here are some highlights:

South Bass Island


Glacial grooves on Kelleys Island

Isle Royale


Kayaking the Apostle Islands


Hiking Grand Island with my niece and nephew


Belle Isle

Chain coral on Manitoulin Island

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


Final steps of my 1,000-Mile Great Lakes ISLAND Adventure


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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


This month marks the anniversary of the completion of my second Great Lakes Adventure.
On October 20, 2012, I completed a 1,000-mile hike that allowed me to explore all five 
Great Lakes.

Hiking along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Relive some of my favorite moments with me:



Hiking into Toronto along Lake Ontario


Kettle formation near Lake Ontario


Hiking Lake Erie


Pictured Rocks on the edge of Lake Superior


Lake Superior


Clouds mimic wild Lake Huron


puddingstone


Laurel Sphinx moth


Blue Water Bridge


Hiking, hiking, hiking


40-mile point lighthouse along Lake Huron


At the Calcite limestone mine on the edge of Lake Huron

Finale at Niagara Falls

What an amazing adventure!
I am still captivated by these vast inland seas.