W&W 1: Begin!

January 1, 2019 My first WALKandWRITE was a snowshoe on the North Country Trail from AuSable Institute to just past Twin Lake Road and back. I went 1.5 miles before pausing to write. I set my alarm for 30 minutes, wrote and read. I created my first W&W backpack by using an old cinch pack,…

W & W 18: Paying Homage to Mother Earth

On May 15, 2019, I completed my 100th mile on the North Country Trail. This is my fourth year in a row accomplishing this goal. It may not be a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail (my son accomplished the AT last year and is currently thru-hiking the PCT); but for…

W & W 17: Everything need not be profound – Embrace it!

Today I turned 65. SIXTY-FIVE! I am now officially a senior citizen. A Medicare recipient. An over-the-hillster. And you know what? I embrace it! To celebrate my birthday, I enjoyed a 4.4 mile Walk & Write session. I hiked on the North Country Trail, a section I only did once before from Mancelona Road to…

W & W 16: In Between Seasons

The calendar may have proclaimed it was Spring on March 20, but nearly a month later she has yet to spread her tender wings at the 45th parallel. In Northern Michigan we seldom feel the warmth of the birth season of the year until mid-May. But that doesn’t mean a hike in the woods is…

W & W 15: Garden of Eden

Sometimes a disappointment can morph into an enjoyment. Take today, for instance. My hubby and I were going to take an airboat ride on Choctawhatchee Bay, but due to windy weather and a front moving in, it was cancelled. As luck would have it, right next door was a lovely Florida State Park – Eden…

W & W 14: I love winter, but . . .

I choose to live full-time in Northern Michigan and truthfully I do love winter, but six months of cold and snow do get to your Spring soul. So, my hubby and I go south for three weeks to escape late March to mid-April in order to replenish our heart batteries. Thus, the next couple of…

W & W 13: Circular Spring

Yesterday I hiked 3.6 miles in the Jordan River Valley on the first day of Spring. If you haven’t been to this spot of quietude you are missing out. There are no words to describe it. It is luminous in all seasons. Take a look . Yes, this is Spring in Northern Michigan. There is…

W & W 12: Retracing Your Journey

Retrace definition from Merriam-Wester.com: “to go over something again in memory, to recall”. This week I snowshoed a trail I have travelled many times before, from Starvation Lake Road (interesting name for a lake, eh?) on to the NCT. There are two ways to hike from Starvation Lake Road. Going north you venture on to…

W & W 11: Showers of Blessings

March 7, 2019 Have you ever taken a hike in the midst of a hoarfrost shower? Today I did just that! To experience this phenomenon, you must get up after the sun has risen and venture out into the woods in early-to-mid-morning. I started out about 9 am. The temperature also needs to be in…

W & W 10: It Takes a Lifetime

March 3, 2019Why does it take a full lifetime to find out who you really are? Those words came to me as I did my ninth WALK and WRITE this morning downstate (this word is a term used by Michiganders who used to live in the southern end of our state but have since moved to their True…

W & W 9: Crazy Thoughts Sometimes Turn Into Pleasant Reality

February 28, 2019 Oh how glorious!the day awakens with frostkissing the tree tops. I ventured off the Muncie Lakes Pathway south of Williamsburg, Michigan to x-country ski by myself. I ended up doing a 5.4 ski and it was glorious! I never saw another soul until I made it back to the parking lot. In fact, I…