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…

W & W 8: A Beech Leaf and I have Deep Veins

February 22, 2019 In winter I typically hike a mile, rest in the woods for 15 minutes, then hike back out. In spring/summer/autumn, I hope to increase my rest/write/read time to 30 minutes or maybe even an hour. Now, there are times when you don’t need to stick to the script. Today I hadn’t intended on a…

W & W 7: Within the Understory

February 18, 2019 The month of February has been the month of BIG snow. Here in Northern Michigan we have been blasted with the lovely white stuff about every other day. Most of our snow is “lake effect” — snowstorms churned up by the moisture of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Since we live in the western…

W&W 6: “Let’s Just Wander Here and There”

February 14, 2019 Today is the day for LOVE! What better way to celebrate than to go for a hike in the woods and practice walking and writing. In Northern Michigan we have been battling blizzards the entire month of February. The past two days were times to stay inside and vegetate. So, I have been aching to get…