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Outdoors

Column: Wrapped up in the U.P.’s wintry blanket

By John Pepin Michigan DNR MARQUETTE — “On a snow-covered night up in eastern Wyoming, another lazy day, looking for the sun,” – John Denver In the place where I want to be right now, the snow is falling so softly that I can’t hear it, no matter how hard I might try. The ...

DNR cancels winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop

MARQUETTE — Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its associated necessary limits on social gatherings, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has canceled the annual winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. The annual weekend event is held in February at the Bay Cliff Health ...

Column: Old bridge brings back memories

MARQUETTE — “A lot of water under the bridge, a lot of other stuff too,” – Bob Dylan After pushing on through a jack pine stand, I came around a corner on the sandy dirt road. It was nearly nightfall. The purple and black clouds above were textured and sliced in a series of parallel ...

During Michigan Trails Week Challenge, every mile counts

LANSING — Are you up for a challenge? During Michigan Trails Week (Sept. 20-27), the Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance invite Michiganders to pay tribute to trails and collectively walk, run, ride, hike, bike or paddle 100,000 miles. Michigan is ...

Column: The places you want to go change

By John Pepin Michigan DNR MARQUETTE — “I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track, and as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back,” – Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller If I could go anywhere in the world today, I wonder where that might be. There’s a lot of places I’d ...

Column: Sounds of summer are quieting

“Here we go again through the same old misery, look into my eyes and it’s easy to see we can’t undo the distance between me and you,” – Marshall Crenshaw — — — MARQUETTE — As I stepped outside the front door, it was immediately noticeable how quiet the nighttime was. It ...