One thing I've noticed at the cabin, I can't stop claiming ownership of everything. That is MY pine tree, that is MY Downy Woodpecker and this is MY clean air. So I guess it's no surprise as I discovered a little baby red squirrel that I became a "proud mama" who had to share photos with all her friends of MY baby.
I mistakenly discovered my new baby as I was searching through my binoculars for eagles one day from the cabin deck. A furry little head caught my eye.… Continue
Added by Shelley Martinez / Elk Country Log Homes on March 9, 2011 at 7:51pm —
One of the best things to do is to find a place that is out of the ordinary and right in your backyard. Fortunately for us we are in a rare area that has many of these gems a few miles away.
First off we took advantage of a little hiking trail down the road from home at the Spirit of the Woods Club. It was a dreary day with the sky unable to make a decision between spitting and downpouring. However we took to the woods anyway. Thank goodness that we did too.… Continue
Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
Just found this bit of good news for Michigan:
A Slate map on childhood obesity in the United States shows Michigan in the lightest possible shade of pink.
That means our kids are thinner, or less fat, than the kids in many of the other states. We're even doing better than a lot of our neighboring states. Note that Illinois is among the… Continue
Added by Tom Carr on March 5, 2011 at 12:12pm —
Violinist Jeremy Kittel is playing a recently-added show Friday at the Insideout Gallery in Traverse City.
Kittel, who has worked with the popular indie band My Morning Jacket and won a Grammy as part of Turtle Island Quartet, is… Continue
Added by Tom Carr on February 24, 2011 at 10:12am —
I mean that in two ways.
Erik James is a singer to watch because he's ambitious and finds audiences where he can. He's played before weekend movie events at the State Theatre and he played a set at the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival earlier this… Continue
Added by Tom Carr on February 23, 2011 at 1:30pm —
UPDATE: TC's Jeff Haas tells me the club has been sold and the new owners plan to keep it a jazz club. Great to hear it!
I know this is not a northern Michigan topic. It is a Michigan topic.
The Detroit Free… Continue
Added by Tom Carr on February 1, 2011 at 8:30am —
Welcome to the Soulfish Outfitters blog. Here we'll share trips we've taken, tips we've learned and all the cool trends in gear that we come across. And we'll also let you know about our great deals. With the holidays coming up, there's a lot to see in our little shop just south of Suttons Bay,… Continue
Added by Soulfish Outfitters on December 10, 2010 at 12:30pm —
One of the things I look forward to on our winter weekends to our cabin, is the bird watching opportunities this season brings. The feeders get a little busier and I look forward to some of my favorite friends returning such as the redpolls and pine siskins. Recently I was thrilled to get a photo of the pileated woodpecker (pictured above.) I cannot tell you how many times I have reached for my camera and this bird goes screeching off, I swear…
Added by Shelley Martinez / Elk Country Log Homes on November 27, 2010 at 8:40pm —
Hello everyone. I too am a Michigan writer eternally striving for novel publication. I also keep a blog for Michigan Writers, which I update with freelance jobs, markets and other stuff for writers. I started it because I have found the resources for writer's in Michigan to be somewhat lacking. Please check it out and if anyone is ever interested in starting a writer's group, please contact me. I would love to get involved in another one - my last disbanded. My blog address is… Continue
Added by Jacki Erickson on November 19, 2010 at 10:30am —
We'd had one of those tumultuous fall days where I'd seen cyan blue skies and hail within a five minute span. I watched a storm tumble over Omena Bay as our guests gathered for the MyNorth Wine & Dine with a View.
One couple came from the Upper Peninsula. Another Grand Rapids. And they… Continue
Added by Rachel North on October 21, 2010 at 11:00pm —
I have been asked several times Jeff, "What type of renewable energy system do you have at home?" My answer has always been nothing.
I got to thinking why should I try sell someone this stuff if I wasn't doing it too. If it is so great I should use it, right?
Well after months I finally installed grid-tied solar panels on the roof of our garage. They been up there for about 12 days and they are doing GREAT! Actually they are doing better than I… Continue
Added by Jeffery D. Stratton on August 26, 2010 at 8:29pm —
Here's an opportunity of a lifetime for me: the sun is sending us a little northern lights entertainment late tonight or tomorrow. There's been an eruption on the sun's surface sending plasma our way. The plasma will take as much as two days to get here and will cause a geomagnetic storm when it arrives, sending red and green curtains of light across the northern sky. Can you hear the glee as I write? I've never seen them. And I'm going to do my best to see them, plus I have a list of… Continue
Added by Rachel North on August 3, 2010 at 4:34pm —
With summer well under way, it's time to put the 2010 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour on your calendar: Saturday, October 16. That's the day homeowners across the north open up their kitchens so we can come ooh, ahh and gather ideas.
Here are some highlights… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 8, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Big 3-OH! June 5 Code: orchard Enter on MyNorth.com/big3oh
Guess how long the PBS series This Old House
has been on television? Thirty years. Yep, 3-0. Long enough so that the homes remodeled in those first few years the show aired have probably been through at least one remodel since Bob Vila (who left the show in 1989) walked us through their plumbing and electrical. In an era of over-the-top… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on June 2, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Big 3-OH! May 31 Code: sky Enter on MyNorth.com/big3oh
Water heals. I learned this the hard way, but also a precious way. Though I’d summered in Leelanau County since I was born, water frontage didn’t come into my life until I was in my late 30’s. As a child, when my family came North we stayed with my grandparents in Glen Arbor, behind the combination Yarn and Soda Shop that was their retirement business.… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 28, 2010 at 10:00am —
Sightseeing, especially with kids, is much more fun when you have great stories to tell. This week's Kids Up North is Fun Facts to Share On Your Way to Historic Mackinac Island and Colonial Michilimackinac filled with… Continue
Added by Deb Fellows on May 18, 2010 at 10:54am —
Unfortunately it's that time of year, as the season comes to an end, everyone starts thinking spring, and the golf clubs and mountain bikes replace skis and snowboards. One great thing about spring is the number of season pass deals that are available now for the 2010/2011 season. We've scoured Michigan resorts so you don't have to - Check out some of the latest pass deals for next season.
Crystal Mountain Resort:
Crystal Mountain's Premier Pass - $219 now through… Continue
Added by Jason@MiSkiReport on March 26, 2010 at 4:00pm —
This was Scout's first winter in northern Michigan. To see my puppy's joy this winter made me love northern Michigan even more. True to her Bernese Mountain nature, she thrived on diving into snow drifts and letting snow flakes decorate her fur. As soon as another fresh snowfall commenced, her nose was pressing against the glass window of our cabin with backwards glances at me and heavy sighs to hurry up and get out there.
We had so… Continue
Added by Shelley Martinez / Elk Country Log Homes on March 6, 2010 at 8:20pm —
Enjoying a slopeside fire, warm chili and a good time with friends at a northern Michigan resort.
Added by Jason@MiSkiReport on February 8, 2010 at 3:06pm —
If you have nothing to do Friday and Saturday. Please stop to the Hagerty Center and check out the displays there of companies that maybe able to help you with your endeavor to go green at home or business.
The doors open Friday at 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday at 8:00am to 4:30pm. Cost is only $5 to get in.
My display will be setup at booth #4. I will have my windmill display setup there to view. I will have some Smart Strips there for sale for just $25, normally $28.99… Continue
Added by Jeffery D. Stratton on February 4, 2010 at 12:08pm —