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Extreme Tree Climbing in Traverse City

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

We've all climbed trees right?  How bout with a saddle, rope and carabiner?  Hmm, didn't think so.  Why is it dubbed "extreme"?  Well here's the thing, you need to be able to pull your own weight up the rope.  Can you do it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  I was thinking maybe not, as soon as I gave a few tugs.

  First thing I noticed was confusion in my brain.  I couldn't quite grasp the mechanics, even though I was nodding my head to Dick and Karl, saying "yeah, I got this!".  I swear the first few tugs though had me thinking "What have I gotten myself into now!"  

I'm a fairly thin person, but that doesn't mean I'm in shape.  I like to sometimes kid myself, but this was a wake-up call for me.  After getting over the initial doubts about whether to back out of this deal or stick too it, I decided to push through the pain.  Might not have been the wisest choice, but then again, I did make it to the first lower branches and felt I could have gone further.  It must have been the adrenalin pushing me higher, since I knew my muscles were maxed out.  I've done some interesting stuff while filming, but this is probably one of the most unique.  I've climbed mountains to film and flew in planes and helicopters for the up high vantage points, but a tree is dangerous!  

See the Video for yourself and also check out the March issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine and read the article "Out on a Limb", by  Kandace…


Northern Michigan Restaurants: Tasting His Way Through Traverse City

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 11:00am 1 Comment

When Jeff Smith asked me to team up with Ben Marentette to do a video about Ben's favorite eats, I was thinking, "Do I get a taste too?".  Sure enough I did, and can vouch for the awesome flavors that Ben got to try on camera.  

Being a camera person and always being engaged with the technical end of things, sometimes excludes me from the fun the on camera talent often has while I'm cleaning up cables and gear, grumbling to myself.  This wasn't one of those times thankfully.  Ben made sure to share the experience with me by not gobbling up all the food and telling me how delicious it was.  I got to try everything, plus share the bread and peanut butter cups with my family after the day was over.  I did encounter a slight let down though after coming home with the food.  It was gone the next morning.  All of it!  I thought I'd have some treats for breakfast, but that was wishful thinking.  Oh well, I got to have all the fun anyways.  Watch the Video and see all the cool places we visited.  Read Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine's March 2012 issue (coming soon), "Foodie Finds", for the whole scoop. 

When 7,000 Troops Guarded the Soo Locks in World War II

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Sault Ste. Marie author/historian Bernie Arbic (City on the Rapids) shares a glimpse back to a time when barrage balloons flew over the Soo Locks and over 7000 army troops set up camp to defend the most important strategic point of the U.S. during World War II.  Watch the Video and listen to Bernie as he thumbs through old photos and The Evening News, to learn a history lesson about Sault Ste. Marie 1942.  Visit to get the Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine March issue (coming soon) and read "When the Soo Locks Readied for War".  

Video Interviews with Die-Hard Ski Racers at Northern Michigan's Nub's Nob

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments


Okay, I admit, I've skied once in my life and I'm from Alaska!  These folks have the right idea.  Dedicated to getting out in the cold of winter.  Peeling their butts off the couch and making some tracks in the few inches of snow that we call winter.  Yes, these folks are the ones I wish I could somehow be like if I had any motivation to go out into the frigid cold and pursue skiing further.  Maybe next year?  Better check my insurance coverage.  Lol.  At least I did go out long enough to capture these wonderful people "chilling" at Nub's Nob and making it look easy.  Watch the Video and also check out the March issue article, Confessions of a Ski League Sloggerby Wil Cwikiel, to experience what Ski League is like without actually being there.      

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At 8:09pm on May 15, 2011, Carrie Craig Murphy said…
I would like to see a video clip of an art patron buying a piece of art and actually walking away with it. Where are all the art patrons? I love to paint and teach children acrylic painting classes and the market has vanished. Bad timing on finding what it is u love to do:) I used to be quite involved in video and loved that too. Actually, went from being a production assistant to learning FCP. What are u currently shooting?
At 9:11am on May 4, 2011, Michael Lee Seiler said…
It was good seeing you again at Chef's Challenge!


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