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Camelback Mountain of Phoenix

Predawn light over Camelback Mountain

A few weeks ago I found myself in hot, sunny Arizona. Katie, Noah, and I were visiting some family in the Phoenix area during the warmest time of the year. After a few days of catching up inside during the daylight hours and swimming during the evening I was starting to get a bad case of cabin…

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  • Posted August 15, 2014
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Bugs of the Upper Peninsula

Between the months of April and October a plague of insects descends upon the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A variety of biting and blood-sucking bugs, flying and crawling, lie in wait in the woods for unsuspecting visitors to lash out. Swamps, rivers, hills, beaches: no place is safe. Rumor has it…

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  • Posted August 7, 2014
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Point Abbaye

Along the hard rock shoreline

Point Abbaye had lured me out many years ago during some of my first adventures east of L'Anse. The long peninsula separated Keweenaw and Huron Bay and looked like a tiny version of the great Keweenaw Peninsula itself, stretching out into Lake Suprior like a crooked finger. Also, it promised (and…

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  • Posted August 3, 2014
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The Elusive Vista Falls

A thick, stagnant swamp

There is no other waterfall in Michigan that has confounded me as much as Vista Falls. Sure, I did get lost over night while cutting through the Herman-Nestoria swamp looking for Upper Sturgeon Falls. And I almost got my car stuck in the mud looking for Upper Silver Falls. And there was that time at…

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  • Posted July 27, 2014
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Cushman Bluff

Sun-speckled forest south of Old Victoria

Sun trickled down through the wet, green leaves overhead. I paused, listening for the soft rustles of the wind high above me, feeling the sprinkles come down as the branches moved and swayed. The hill I was walking over was just west of Victoria and Lookout Mountain, within a few miles of my earlier…

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  • Posted July 24, 2014
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Tips for Bushwhacking

Throughout many of my hiking posts I frequently use the word 'bushwhacking'. I learned this word from my dad when we would bust through the woods on a walk and was recently surprised to learn that it is actually had a legitimate definition. Honestly, when pushing my way through vegetation or…

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  • Posted July 18, 2014
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South Bluff of Rockland

Rutted muddy road past  Irish Hollow Cemetery

Sitting south of the town of Rockland and the famous Minesota Mine is a long buff overlooking the Military Hills. The bluff is not especially tall, staying below 1400'. Other outcroppings along the Trap Hills and Gogebic Ridge easily close in on 1600'. In fact, if it wasn't for Irish Hollow Cemetery…

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  • Posted July 3, 2014
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Lightfoot Bay near Skanee

Shaded cabin on the bay

A cold breeze drifted up from the small bay and through the trees. Finally. All day I had been hiking through stifling heat of the forest near Mount Benison, unseasonal heat that had sapped the energy out of me, and even the narrow waterway of Huron Bay offered some relief. With a grateful sigh I…

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  • Posted June 27, 2014
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Mink Run up Mt Benison

Spring green light in the forest

The trail along Mountain Lake faded in and out like a quicksilver snake. Downed branches and undergrowth masked sections, leftovers from the long winter, and other parts just slipped into the ground. I tried my best to follow it on my way from Turner Point to the mouth of Mink Run. There's a marsh…

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  • Posted June 21, 2014
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Turner Point of Mountain Lake

Early summer light over Cliff Lake

Predawn light streamed over Cliff Lake, dim pinks and blues reflecting off the calm surface far below. I stood uneasily on the outcropping. It would be at least an hour before the sun would break over Mt Benison's bulk and throngs of mosquitoes already surrounded me with a steady whine. A full of…

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  • Posted June 19, 2014
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