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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Posted by bob on 22nd May 2014

Just one of the many breathtaking vistas to be found on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive No list of northern Michigan scenery is complete without a mention of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Situated between Glen Arbor and Empire it offers spectacular views, firstly through forest and across Glen Lake, and then over the dunes and out across Lake Michigan. A little over seven miles long, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive snakes its way through the steeply rolling hills of the Lake Michigan shoreline. ...

Surfing in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 19th Apr 2014

Surfers heading to the beach at Sleeping Bear Point. Photo: Beth Price. It may be about a thousand miles to the nearest ocean, but you can surf in northern Michigan. While the waves are usually small, the right conditions can produce surprisingly large and high-quality surf. Sadly, those conditions aren't that common until the fall. But after mid-October, the winds whipping off Lake Michigan really start to pick up. For the adventurous few who surf the Great Lakes, these gales create a uniqu ...

Hiking to North Manitou Island

Posted by bob on 7th Mar 2014

Hiking back from North Manitou Island towards the Crib with Pyramid Point in the distance. On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasn't been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out. In the 1970’s, Bob's father and two brothers left the shore in Glen Arbor early one morning to attempt the crossing. They were cut off by open water a mile from South Manitou. Their hike took so much longer than planned that Bob's ...

Ice Caves of Lake Michigan

Posted by bob on 18th Feb 2014

The wild winter this year has brought frigid temperatures, mountains of snow, and large waves to the Republic. We can now add ice caves to that list! The spectacular formations on Lake Michigan have been caused by the way the lake has frozen this year: a mixture of sudden freezing caused by historic low temperatures, a gradual pileup of pack ice, and wave action adding freezing spray to the equation. The results are stunning: cavernous caves, precipitous cliffs, and an ice pack stretching ...

Polar Vortex: The Winter Storm in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 6th Jan 2014

The polar vortex has hit northern Michigan today. It is three degrees today, with a brutal wind chill that brought down the temperature to -20. My cousin Andrew Moore and our Digital Manager, Andrew Pritchard joined me this morning in documenting the beauty of this ferocious winter storm. I was dared to kite ski by the two Andrews.  Here I am heading onto Little Glen Lake at the DNR boat launch. That kite is 12 feet wide and bright red, but looks like a postage stamp in this blizzard. In ...

Winter in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 18th Dec 2013

Here's a photo slideshow of winter life Up North. We routinely get questions about how we survive the winter - these pictures will hopefully shed some light on the answer. Enjoy! _________________________________________________________________________________________ Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must t ...

Fall in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 30th Oct 2013

Autumn may be the most beautiful season in northern Michigan. The trees which we paid little attention all summer have exploded with magnificent reds, golds, yellows, purples and greens, reminding us that they're still there. Roads are lined with mammoth cornstalks, delicious apples, plump pumpkins and crazy gourds. On clear days, the water is as blue, clear and pristine as ever. The overcast, gray days are special, too. The crisp, cool air and biting wind refresh you from a long, ho ...