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Snow bikes, officially called fat bikes, riding near Lake Superior, just north of Marquette. Image by Aaron Peterson, from Cold Rolled video feature. (Good to know: you don't have to ride this extreme if you don't want…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on December 9, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Just before deer season 2013, a gentleman by the name of Tim Ervin called me to see if I'd like to do another Manistee Day. Manistee Day is the informal name we have given to an occasional—maybe once every few years—rite in which Tim Ervin drives Jeff Smith around Manistee and shows off some of the latest stuff Tim loves about his home county.
Tim Ervin is a connector in the fullest sense of the word. "I'll have to put in you touch with..." is a phrase that comes from his…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on December 3, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Stopping by a newly planted hops field along the Leelanau Trail.
With summer winding down, I strongly recommend doing what you can to soak up summer good times now. That in mind, I did a little research for a perfect daytrip for anybody living in or spending time in Traverse City. It's…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on August 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Cowboy coffee. That's what you are looking at here, with a MyNorth logo formed into the surface, of course.
Why is this important? Because cowboy coffee is your ticket to completely bonafide excellent java out on the trail. This photo was taken deep in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, miles from…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on August 11, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
From left: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij and Michael Moore
The morning panel discussion at the Traverse City Film Festival had Michael Moore talking with Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, who have a decade-long friendship and have collaborated…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on August 1, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As Traverse City's food and drink scene continues to evolve, we've seen a number of new microbreweries enter the mix. The newest one is Brewery Terra Firma, just south of Traverse City on Hartman Road. Terra Firma is the region's first microbrewer to expand the concept to include a farming component. The brewery will grow hops onsite and raise other vegetables to add flavor to the fermentation. I recently had a tour of the new digs by management crew Josh Janowiak, Charles Kinzel and John…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on July 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
From left: Sommelier Claudia Tyagi, Traverse Travel Editor Kim Schneider and Andy McFarlane, event mastermind. Tyagi was offering tasty background on the wines to be served at the Winemakers Party, June 21 at the Grand Traverse Commons.
On the evening when daylight lingers as…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on May 24, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Channels dug beneath the snow this winter.
What, you may be asking, is the subnivean zone. Well, it is a magical world that exists between the bottom of the snow and the top of the ground, and there's a lot more animal action there than what you may be aware of, a secret…Continue
Wine tasting room at Blustone Vineyards, a sleek, contemporary space set amid captivating rolling Leelanau hills and orchards just north of Lake Leelanau village.
At the invitation of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, I hit the wine trail last…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on April 24, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments
With shovels, from left: Mayor Michael Estes, Brownfield coordinator Jean Derenzy, Managing Partner Jeff Schmitz, with Grand Traverse Hotel Properties.
The owners of Hotel Indigo, the long-talked-about boutique hotel that is being built in Traverse…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on April 12, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Good Harbor Bay on the first day of spring, 2013.
When I first moved to Northern Michigan, I was so surprised at how much beauty I found in what was then called "the off season." These pictures are a perfect example of what I mean. They were taken at sunset…Continue
Barista Spencer McQueen, in the new Cavallino Cafe, brews a cup with an AeroPress coffee press.
When I think about the best changes in American culture during my lifetime, the proliferation of the new American café is right there in the Top 10. Sure, the great coffee and aromas are…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on March 21, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Rico Cruz (front) and Brian Price on cross-country skis, cutting through the cattails near Shell Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
I have a friend who loves to cross-country ski, but avoids trails. For him XC means sticking to the roots of the…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on March 17, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments
Added by Jeff Smith on March 15, 2013 at 5:48am — No Comments
Camping compadre Tim, up on the Escarpment Trail, Porcupine Mountains, Michigan.
I had the great pleasure recently of heading up to the Porcupine Mountains for a winter campout in the snowy backcountry with a couple of longtime pals from Minnesota.
The Porkies are…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on March 5, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments
Camping compadre Tim sporting a snappy MyNorth beanie (compass always pointing NORTH!), up on the Escarpment Trail, Porcupine Mountains, Michigan.
I had the great pleasure recently of heading up to the Porcupine Mountains for a winter campout in the snowy backcountry with a couple of…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on March 5, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Pushing into the backcountry with your grown-up kids, one more reason to stay fit and strong.
The other night at the Great Wolf Lodge, I attended a regional kickoff of a health initiative called ShapeMichigan, the two main local sponsors of the event being…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on November 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Mr. Bravo considers the curiously fitting words painted on Right Brain Brewery as we hit the first stop on our journey down the Microbrew Canoe Trail.
Like all good notions, the Traverse City Microbrew Canoe Trail resulted from a convergence, a nexus, a confluence, a splicing…Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on November 3, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Photo by Mark Lindsay
For those of you following the Brown Bridge Dam removal and the pond's breech of the containment structure, here is an official incident report that includes a chronology of the accident. The first few paragraphs just give some basic background and…Continue