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Friday: Outdoors

What is the wind trying to tell us?

“Oh baby, I am drained of color, I can’t go anywhere. Your love left me in another gray area,” — Graham Parker There’s a sadness in the wind today as it blows across this river valley. The snow stirs up in swirls and spins around before dropping back to the ground. If I look ...

Protect Michigan’s outdoors with New Year’s resolutions

By SARAH LAPSHAN Michigan Department of Natural Resources LANSING — Spending more time with family and friends, exercising more, learning a new skill or hobby, saving money, living life to the fullest — according to GoSkills.com, these are among the top 10 most common resolutions ...

TRAIL MARKER TREES A PART OF LIVING HISTORY

MARQUETTE — GPS wasn’t around 150 years ago, but the woodland Native American tribes found a unique way to navigate forests: getting trees literally bent out of shape. A local man knowledgeable about Native American trail marker trees, Bill Van Kosky, talked about these trees, which are ...

Outdoors North

It’s an odd thing. When it’s summertime, I tend to think most fondly of winter. When it’s snowing and cold winds blow, my mind is filled with recollections of warm summer days, green grass, lush forests and the waters of lakes, creeks and streams turned blue by the reflection of azure ...

What’s flying: Winter brings flocks of all sizes

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.” - Sylvia Plath A nother mild week of weather in the Upper Peninsula has continued to make living a little easier for wildlife and humans alike. There have been some snows – more wet ...

Outdoors North: So many ways to take nature in

“Let’s sway, under this moonlight, the serious moonlight,” – David Bowie I got up from the couch where I’d been watching television and walked into the kitchen to rinse out my popcorn bowl in the sink. When I rounded the corner into the room, I was struck hard by the scene ...