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A Wonderful Leaf Day 2017

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

First Stop: Grass Lake Nature Preserve I took my family to the other side of Grand Traverse Bay — to Torch Lake, Bellaire and the farms, trails, woods and wetlands of Antrim County. It took some time to persuade the boys that this switch in Leaf Day activities would be worth it. “Usually, we go exploring nature in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park for the whole day,” reasoned Colebrook. “There’s no time wasted sitting in a car.”  “It is a change,” I agreed. “You don’t have to go — you can stay in sc ...

Leaf Day Around the Republic

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

Cherry Ambassadors around the Republic took full advantage of Leaf Day 2017. From baking with family and friends, to fishing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to driving a semi to Kansas City for our first holiday gift show of 2017. Here are some of our favorite stories... Fishing the Pere Marquette River JP, our I.T. hero, spent his Leaf Day on a day-long guided fishing float trip down the Pere Marquette River with Steve Galbraith and world renowned fishing guide Steve Cornetet.  It was a beauti ...

Sutherland's Leaf Day Adventure

Posted by bob on 20th Oct 2016

Due to the thunderstorm, we started out on our third annual Leaf Day hike a little later than usual. The boys wanted to hike the dunes, so my goal was to hit the most remote and difficult-to-get-to spots on this special day off from work and school. Steph dropped me off with the boys at the southernmost point on the Sleeping Bear Dunes - The Scenic Drive overlook. Unfortunately, she could not join us as she had work to do in Grand Rapids, so she gave the boys and me some big hugs to carry ...

2016 Glen Arbor Area Winter

Posted by bob on 28th Jan 2016

Above is a favorite angle of the Crystal River at the Dunns Farm Rd culvert. Here is a second view of the Dunns Farm culvert looking straight up the Crystal River.  If you have never paddled the Crystal in the winter, this mild winter would be a great year to do it. Can you see the duck in flight at the far side of the Crystal.  If the river freezes over, the ducks all head to Lake Michigan. The plows were out in mass.  We had a two hour school delay, which is almost as ...

Cherry Republic's Leaf Day

Posted by bob on 7th Oct 2015

What should citizens do on Leaf Day? Dress up? Give gifts? Hide Baskets? Make a big dinner? Those are all too much work. How about do nothing. How about a purposeless day? A day to just reflect on the beauty of nature? Leaf Day was created by Cherry Republic to celebrate the amazing colors of fall, and to take a day to reflect or enjoy the outdoors in the last of our good weather.  We are all so busy all summer and into fall that we don’t often find time to just enjoy the outdoors.  Leaf Day w ...

Hiking Beautiful Alligator Hill

Posted by bob on 22nd Oct 2014

The breathtaking Islands Lookout on Alligator Hill affords a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Bay, the Manitou Islands, and South Fox Island. Alligator Hill is an often overlooked jewel in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Its nine miles of hiking trails loop their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan. Located smack in the middle of Glen Arbor, Alligator Hill has been driven past by almost every up north visitor. Driven over the Glen Lake Narro ...

Hiking the Bay to Bay Trail

Posted by bob on 16th Oct 2014

Breaking trail for the Bay to Bay Hiking and Kayaking Trail. Here Bob and the team hike through the dunes in Platte Bay with Empire Bluffs and Sleeping Bear Point in the distance. It's an epic hike. From south to north across the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hiking the Bay to Bay Trail will be an amazing experience. When we first heard about the proposed Bay to Bay Hiking and Kayak Trail we were excited. The trail's planned route ran from the south of the park all the wa ...

The Great Bay to Bay Trail-Breaking

Posted by bob on 25th Sep 2014

Just one of many amazing Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore views that we will enjoy during the hike. A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to Good Harbor Bay at the north end. While the project is not fully funded yet, we're hoping that the park will start building the trail a year from now and complete it by the summer of 2016. Naturally, ...

A Walk to School

Posted by bob on 5th Jun 2013

A speaker at a TEDx event in Traverse City said that the average child from his African homeland walked to school 10 miles. After I heard this fact, I couldn't help but think of Steph and I walking to school with our two young boys. Colebrook, a kindergartener and Hawthorn, a preschooler. A couple weeks later, I woke my family up at 5:30 am and out the door we headed the 7 and 1/2 miles to Glen Lake Community Schools.                         ...

Forest Warriors

Posted by LauraAnn on 31st May 2012

Continued from the 5/31 Orchard Report email newsletter ....I have to pull the leaves out from between his toes. The sky starts thundering and lightly raining. Before one of the boys asks to leave, I say “The animals can’t hear us in the rain, we’re sure to catch them.” The whole world is a feast to our eyes-- dusky plush and green; to our noses-- earthy pine and fog; to our bare feet-- moss, sand and bearberry. The rain stops and we sneak up a hill hoping to catch a rabbit sleeping on the ot ...