“We Pictured It Perfect” A Weekend At Pictured Rocks

Activity: Backpacking Date Visited: 10/12/17 – 10/15/17 Distance: 28.9 miles Parking: Chapel Rock Parking Lot Transportation: Shuttle from car to Grand Sable Visitor Center Trailhead: Grand Sable Visitor Center Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore spans 42 miles of Lake Superior and is comprised of 50′ to 200′ sandstone cliffs.  It stretches from Munising to Grand Marais and the entire length offers spectacular shoreline scenery of rock formations, sea arches, waterfalls, rivers, sand dunes and the beautiful

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My Cover Song Recommendations

Under The Covers

There is nothing wrong with a good cover. These remakes go all the way back to the earliest days of popular music and have stretched across all musical genres. Just because something is the first doesn’t always necessarily mean that it is the best. Sometimes to our surprise, a cover song can even be better than the original. Or sometimes the cover does an excellent job of recreating the song in their own special way.

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Algonquin Map

Algonquin Adventures – The Beginner’s Edition

It was somewhere around two years ago when I had first decided that I needed to take a backpacking trip into Algonquin Provincial Park. As it turns out, planning this adventure was much more difficult than I had originally anticipated. Since what I actually meant by “backpacking” was we would canoe, portage, then canoe some more while looking for a campsite in a large and foreign park. For anyone who is unfamiliar,  Algonquin park was

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Well here we are, it is only August 24th in Michigan and a high today of just 60 degrees.  It feels like fall.  I don’t hate it, but I can honestly say that I am not ready for another brutal winter.  Unfortunately since I have zero control over the climate I am forced to embrace it. So I’ve decided to take full advantage of the cool temperatures and prepare a soup recipe that I have

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Cheesy butternut squash

Creamy Spinach & Cheese Roasted Butternut Squash

I love to garden!  This year I have more veggies growing in my yard than I’ve ever had in the past.  I experimented with so many new things, a few of which are squash.  I have three types of zucchini, spaghetti, acorn and butternut squash all growing outside in my yard as we speak. The only thing that is more satisfying to me than growing my own food is learning to cook with it.  I

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Paddles A Plenty

Michigan is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy the lake life. It has an abundant number of well-maintained state parks and forests that offer plenty of places to enjoy a great paddle. Even for me, being based out of Metro Detroit I can still easily access everything from rivers, creeks, and lakes that are perfect for paddling the day away. So whether you’re searching for somewhere to leisurely float, or something more challenging,

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A Letter To Myself On This Difficult Day

I often write letters to myself.  Usually during time of stress or change.  It calms me to talk to myself, and helps me to set my intentions.  It also serves as a reminder that their is always a lesson to learn in the hard times, and it is up to me to find and learn from it.    So here is a letter to me, from me on this ever so difficult 8/3/2017   Dear Kate,

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All 5 Michigan Great Lakes

Go Jump In A Lake “The Great Lakes Challenge”

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] There is something Michiganders call ” The Great Lakes Challenge” that has been on my bucket-list for sometime now. I always planned to make it happen – but just never seemed to have the time. Well, the day had finally come! It was a last-minute decision made only a day prior to departure. I love a good road trip, especially the last-minute ones, when you just get

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Welcome to Ohio

Adventures In The Sewer State

The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio dates back as far as 1835 to the “Toledo War” or boundary dispute of the two states. The dispute resulted from poor understanding of geographical makeup of the Great Lakes at the time. To make a long story short, Ohio gained control of Toledo, which previously had been considered Michigan’s boundaries. In exchange for the city strip, all of what is now known as the Upper Peninsula was included

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An Ontario State Of Mind

Living in Michigan has an abundance of perks if you’re an outdoor junkie like me. From the beautiful untouched wilderness of the Upper Peninsula to the four surrounding crystal clear Great Lakes. Even with all of that, my favorite part still has to be bordering magnificent Canada, and having such easy access to some of Ontario’s beautiful provincial parks. I have always been a camping enthusiast but it wasn’t until I began to plan trips

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