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,…

#25 – Waterfalls and Weddings

Sometimes you may find it difficult to get out in nature and walk by yourself. I found myself in this vacuum of “not aloneness” the entire month of September. First, we had lots and lots of rain. Climate change seems to be bringing more precipitation to Northern Michigan and our autumn days seem to be…

W & W #24 – A River Symphony

There’s something extra peaceful about walking alongside a river. A river is peaceful yet wild as well. A lake, a pond, even the sea, can appear totally calm, totally still. But a river always flows, moving on to somewhere else. And movements create symphonies. This week I chose to walk along the Manistee River near…

W & W #23 – What if We All Shared?

Resting on top of this glacial hill, deep within the confines of the deciduous Pere Marquette State Forest, I realize I am sharing this space with thousands of others. There is no human being in sight. I do not even hear the slightest sound of human activity. Yet, I share this space with countless others….

W & W #22 – Noticing The Lives of Trees

On August 9, 2019, I hiked the North Country Trail from Smith Lake Road in Kalkaska County toward M-72 to enjoy the serenity of tiny Smith Lake which is surrounded by woods, wetlands, and no signs of human habitation. It was the height of summer and a sweet breeze accompanied me. The trail started out…

W & W 21: Balance and Harmony

I last wrote a post about a month ago. It was a sad post about the clear-cutting of a section of the North Country Trail that I had adopted to help maintain. It took me awhile to go back and Walk & Write again and I purposely chose to revisit this area. I have good…

W & W 20: The Day a Stump and I Cried Together

On June 2, 2019, I intended to do a Walk & Write on the North Country Trail near home. I had just recently agreed to “adopt” this 5-mile section of trail to monitor it for litter, branches across the pathway, and general overseeing of its integrity. I started out checking the sign-in box to make…

W & W 19: Sometimes best-laid plans . . .

I had intended on walking and writing deep in the woods near home this week as the wildflowers are blooming and beautiful in their forested beds. But sometimes a busy life get in the way. Yesterday I had several chores to do and commitments to honor. So, I needed to go to town. The town…

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…