MyNorth.com http://mynorth.com Everything good about Life in Traverse City and Northern Michigan Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:18:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Traverse City Film Fest MyNorth Filmgoer Magazine 2014 http://mynorth.com/2014/07/traverse-city-film-fest-mynorth-filmgoer-magazine-2014/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/traverse-city-film-fest-mynorth-filmgoer-magazine-2014/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:08:36 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=56977 MyNorth Filmgoer, produced by the staff at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, is your before, during and after guide to the Traverse City Film Festival. MyNorth Filmgoer highlights […]

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MyNorth Filmgoer, produced by the staff at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, is your before, during and after guide to the Traverse City Film Festival. MyNorth Filmgoer highlights info about the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), and also features great travel ideas, like places to eat, sleep, shop and wander in the Grand Traverse region. You may pick up a complimentary copy of the Traverse City Film Fest MyNorth Filmgoer magazine at TCFF venues, around Traverse City and at the MyNorth Media offices, 125 Park Street, Suite 155, conveniently around the corner from the State Theater.

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How to Avoid Swimmer’s Itch in Northern Michigan Lakes http://mynorth.com/2014/07/how-to-avoid-swimmers-itch-in-northern-michigan-lakes/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/how-to-avoid-swimmers-itch-in-northern-michigan-lakes/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:08:14 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57156 Swimmer’s itch is a perennial problem for kids at Northern Michigan beaches, but there are a few simple steps to keep the itching and scratching at bay […]

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Swimmer’s itch is a perennial problem for kids at Northern Michigan beaches, but there are a few simple steps to keep the itching and scratching at bay during a water-logged Northern Michigan vacation. Read on to learn how swimmer’s itch works and how to prevent swimmer’s itch in Northern Michigan lakes.


What Causes Swimmer’s Itch

The biological mechanisms of swimmer’s itch are quite complex, and the red, raised bumps that characterize swimmer’s itch are a side effect of the life cycles of rather resourceful flatworms that inhabit Northern Michigan lakes.

In its simplest terms, swimmer’s itch is a reaction caused by a parasite entering a swimmer’s body. This unwelcome parasite doesn’t live long in the human body: our immune systems recognize the foreign invader and attack it. Just as our bodies react to mosquito bites by inflaming surrounding tissue, our bodies also react to this parasite by rushing resources to the site of entry, leaving itchy, red inflammation. Swimmer’s itch is an uncomfortable by-product of the human immune system—but it’s certainly better than a flatworm swimming around our bodies. The fact that swimmer’s itch is a human response explains why people have varying degrees of swimmer’s itch, as the reaction is determined not by the invading parasite, but by the immune system’s response of each biologically unique human.

The flatworms in question are called schistosomes; the schistosomes that cause swimmer’s itch are among a genus that is also responsible for more serious infectious diseases, but there is no risk of contracting these other illnesses in a Northern Michigan lake. The life cycles of schistosomes require several host species. In lay terms, here’s how their lives typically work: adult worms live inside of birds (mainly ducks) in the blood vessels surrounding the bird’s intestines. The adults lay eggs into the bird’s intestines, where the eggs hatch in the water after being deposited with the host bird’s feces. The hatched larvae—called miracidia—then swim around in search of another host, this time a snail. The larvae enter the snail, develop, multiply and leave the snail in another form—this time cercariae—which then seek out the avian host to repeat the process.  It is during this third stage, when the parasite leaves the snail in search of another bird host, that misguided cercariae run into unsuspecting swimmers and cause swimmer’s itch. Each red bump represents the entry point of one individual cercaria.

How to Prevent Swimmer’s Itch

There’s no cure-all to eliminate swimmer’s itch. The negative symptoms are, ironically, a problem of our own immune system’s making, and short of abstaining from swimming altogether, there’s a risk of getting swimmer’s itch in a Northern Michigan lake.

That being said, here are a few quick tips to keep swimmer’s itch at bay:

  • Keep birds away. Even though the organism that causes swimmer’s itch comes from a snail, it’s easier to eliminate other steps in the life cycles of the schistosomes. If there aren’t host birds around your beach, then the parasites in the birds can’t migrate to the snails, and then accidentally to you. Let’s think of their life cycle like a chain of links: it’s much easier to eliminate the bird link than the snail link. And when one link fails, the whole system falls apart, and you can swim in peace. Mergansers are especially prone to becoming hosts, so keep them away at all cost.
  • Towel off after swimming. If you or your kids are swimming at a new beach, it’s best to vigorously towel off after leaving the water.  It’s a little like salt water drying on bare skin: once all the water evaporates, a film of salt is left on the dry skin. This same process applies to swimmer’s itch parasites: they might be swimming around in the beads of water left un-dried on swimmers’ skin, yet only until all that water evaporates will the parasite be able to latch on to the skin and instigate swimmer’s itch. Best to wipe away all the water—and hitchhiking parasites—after exiting the lake.
  • Try creating a waterproof barrier. The parasites are suspended in water, so if swimmers can coat themselves in a waterproof barrier, it’s less likely that the parasites will be able to access the skin, since there’s no physical point of transfer. One simple way to do this is to coat baby oil on the skin. Another way is by purchasing and applying Swimmer’s Itch Guard, which is basically an oil rub with sunscreen.
  • Watch the water. Temperature and wind direction seem to dictate where swimmer’s itch pops up. The water has to be quite warm to sustain the life cycle of swimmer’s itch parasites, and winds that drives surface water to the shore (in other words, a wind coming into the beach) concentrate the organisms near shore—right where the kids are swimming. When the water is a little cooler and the winds are out, you should be safe from swimmer’s itch. Otherwise, exercise caution.
  • Try the Big Lakes. The Great Lakes are typically too tumultuous to sustain snail populations, which means there won’t be swimmer’s itch along the shores of the wavier sections of Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. Watch out for large bays, though: these calmer waters could potentially host swimmer’s itch.

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2014 Short’s Fest a Celebration of Northern Michigan Beer in Elk Rapids http://mynorth.com/2014/07/2014-shorts-fest-a-celebration-of-northern-michigan-beer-in-elk-rapids/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/2014-shorts-fest-a-celebration-of-northern-michigan-beer-in-elk-rapids/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:05:59 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57233 Short’s Fest is an annual celebration of Northern Michigan beer, food and music at Short’s Brewing Co.’s production facility in Elk Rapids. This year, the one-day event […]

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Short’s Fest is an annual celebration of Northern Michigan beer, food and music at Short’s Brewing Co.’s production facility in Elk Rapids. This year, the one-day event coincides with the the last day of Elk Rapids‘ Harbor Days festival and will finish right before Harbor Days’ dazzling fireworks show on the shores of Elk Rapids. With 20 of Short’s Northern Michigan beers on tap (including some never-before-sampled ones), delicious food provided by local vendors and live music from Deer Tick and Michigan’s own Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Short’s Fest 2014 is an absolute must! Read on for the lowdown for the festival, what to expect when you go, and how to prepare.


The Basics

This year, Harbor Days runs from Thursday, July 31st to Saturday, August 2nd, and Short’s Fest will be held on Saturday from 4 to 10 pm. The celebration will take place at Short’s production facility in Elk Rapids located at 211 Industrial Park Drive.

The entrance fee is $8. Tickets can be purchased at Short’s Production Facility in Elk Rapids (Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm) or at their pub in Bellaire (any day, 11 am–midnight); tickets can also be bought at the gate the day of the event. Tokens for food, beer, and tours of the production facility will be sold in $5 increments. Tours will take place every half hour from 4:30 pm–7:30pm, and all proceeds will go toward local charitable causes.

Even though Short’s has a venue with ample space, due to the influx of traffic during Harbor Days they are encouraging as many as people to carpool as possible. There will be designated parking spots at the facility during the event, and overflow parking can be found at Elk Rapids High School. And—as it is a beer festival—don’t forget to line up your designated driver! This will ensure the event is safe and fun for all that attend.

  • Stuff to Bring: Blankets and lawn chairs for comfortable seating during the concert performances.
  • Stuff to Leave at Home: Cigarettes, your pets, and glass containers.

Northern Michigan Beer and Bites

At the fest, Short’s will be pouring 20 of their delectable craft brews: some of which are fan favorites and established favorites, such as Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, India Spruce Pilsner, and Strawberry Short’s Cake. However, as Short’s Fest is such a viable platform for presenting their more experimental side, they will also be rolling out some newcomers: It’s About Thyme is an American IPA brewed with orange blossom honey and fresh thyme, and has only been available at their Bellaire pub location this summer and made an appearance at the Summer Beer Fest in Ypsilanti. Two brand new beers will also be unveiled: Space Rock is a pale ale, and Oblivion is a (rather formidable sounding) Belgian Quad. Make no mistake, there will be a flavor to accommodate every palate!

All this beer talk begs the question, “What will I be washing down with my Kolsch 45 or Nectar De La Vida?” Not to worry, food geeks will be equally appeased at Short’s Fest. In addition to Short’s own hot dog stand which will be cranking out dogs all day, local food vendors will be offering a most sophisticated and scrumptious spread. Cordwood Barbecue, Terri’s Pretzel Cart and Happy’s Tacos of Boyne City will all be supplying sustenance. There will even be paella, hummus and pita chips, and shrimp on a stick, courtesy of Food Baby.

Musical Merriment

Providence’s Deer Tick will be bringing their blend of folk-rock and Americana tunes to Liberation Park for the Short’s Fest audience. The band has garnered national attention since their formation in 2004 and have toured with the likes of Trampled by Turtles, Dr. Dog, Middle Brother, and many others.

Deer Tick

Deer Tick

They were selected because of an insider appreciation at Short’s, according to Director of Marketing Bridgett Beckwith. “Deer Tick came on the radar because a few of our brewers are big fans,” she said. “It just all fell into place. We’re also really excited to have special guest Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, a Michigan band, opening for Deer Tick.”

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

The Lansing-based outfit will be kicking off the musical side of Short’s Fest with their fusion of soul, pop, funk, and folk jams anchored by Hertler’s infectious vocals. Liberation Park will provide an excellent setting for festival-goers to see and hear the performances.

For more information, visit the Short’s Fest page at ShortsBrewing.com.


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The Plentiful Perks of the Michigan Recreation Passport http://mynorth.com/2014/07/plentiful-perks-of-the-michigan-recreation-passport/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/plentiful-perks-of-the-michigan-recreation-passport/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:05:49 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=56837 If you’re wondering how to take full advantage of Northern Michigan’s outdoors by camping, fishing, boating, hiking, or biking, there is one tool that can grant you […]

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If you’re wondering how to take full advantage of Northern Michigan’s outdoors by camping, fishing, boating, hiking, or biking, there is one tool that can grant you access to the full gamut of state parks and recreation areas our great state has to offer: the Michigan Recreation Passport! Beyond the outdoor opportunities it offers, there are other benefits to purchasing the Recreation Passport. Read on to find out how and why to acquire the passport, and how you’re helping Michigan (and your wallet!) by doing so.


What is the Recreation Passport?

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources adapted this system in 2010 to provide a sustainable source of income to the Parks and Recreation department for maintenance and improvements of state-owned parks and recreation areas. Recreation Passport holders are granted with access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, boat launch parking, and more. The physical form of the passport is represented by two small “P’s” on the top and bottom of your license plate registration sticker if you have a Michigan registered vehicle; it is displayed as a window sticker if you purchase the passport at a state park or are a non-Michigan registered vehicle.

How Do I Get It?

A simple process gets both Michigan residents and out-of-staters access to Michigan’s unbridled natural beauty:

Michigan Residents

If you’re a Michigander, there are two ways to purchase a Recreation Passport for the nominal cost of $11 ($5 for motorcycles):

  1. When you renew your license at your local Secretary of State office (or by mail or online), all you need to do is check “yes” for the Recreation Passport. Your license registration sticker will then be printed with the “P’s” and “Recreation Passport” will be printed on the top of your vehicle registration. The passport will be valid until your next license registration renewal date.
  2. If you didn’t check “yes” when renewing your license, Recreation Passports can be purchased at state parks and recreation areas as well as DNR Operation Service Centers throughout the state. When bought this way, your passport will be in the form of a window sticker.

Non-Michigan Residents

If you’re from out of state and still want to enjoy Michigan’s outdoors, you can purchase an annual passport online for your non-Michigan registered vehicle for $31. The passport will be valid until December 31st of the year it was purchased and will appear as a window sticker. Annual and daily out-of-state passports can also be bought at state parks and recreation areas.

Why Should I Buy the Recreation Passport?

Besides the obvious reasons of being able to experience Michigan’s outdoors, your being a passport holder will endow you and the state with other significant benefits.

The Passport Perks Program: Not Possible to Pass Up

When you purchase your Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State, you’re automatically eligible to partake in the Passport Perks Program. Approximately 1,000 Michigan businesses—the number is constantly growing—are currently participating in the program, which provides discounts to passport holders across a diverse range of products, from free coffee from your favorite local java house to discounts on oil changes, tax consultations and groceries. You can visit the DNR Passport Perks providers database to browse by city or by category to see which businesses are participating throughout the state.

Improvements in Infrastructure and Amenities

That $11 Passport fee will result in astronomical improvements to Michigan’s state parks and recreation areas. Income from Recreation Passports has already helped to upgrade over a dozen state parks with electrical upgrades, sewage and sanitation improvements, additions of toilet/shower buildings, and repaving of day-use and entrance drives. Bewabic State Park of Iron County has even repurposed 16 campsites to be ADA-compliant, creating a better camping experience for visitors with disabilities.

All the revenue from the Recreation Passport program goes toward enhancing Michigan’s parks and recreation areas. “This is part of our strategic plan to rebuild and modernize the Michigan state park system,” said Ron Olson, chief of DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “While many upgrades and improvements have been made, there still remains nearly $300 million in outdated or failing park infrastructure throughout the state. By purchasing the Recreation Passport, you are also helping to support and improve the Michigan state park system.”

For more information on the Recreation Passport and how to get involved in the program, visit Michigan.gov.


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Suttons Bay Real Estate: A Renewed Ranch on West Bay http://mynorth.com/2014/07/suttons-bay-real-estate-a-sprawling-ranch-on-west-bay/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/suttons-bay-real-estate-a-sprawling-ranch-on-west-bay/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:05:25 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57252 This sprawling ranch in Suttons Bay is the perfect Northern Michigan home for all of Michigan’s drastically different seasons: there’s a sauna and three fireplaces to keep warm […]

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This sprawling ranch in Suttons Bay is the perfect Northern Michigan home for all of Michigan’s drastically different seasons: there’s a sauna and three fireplaces to keep warm in the winter, and the expansive views of West Bay from the large back deck are perfect for summer morning sunrises. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, and state of the art appliances. This slice of Suttons Bay real estate is recently renovated, and also features a lower level with ample storage room, a large laundry room, and built-in shelving. With lots of natural light and large windows, you’ll love living in this home everyday of the year, no matter what the temperature outside.

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Located in Suttons Bay, this beautiful ranch is listed by Lynne Moon of Real Estate One. Call Lynne at 231.218.6667 or visit LynneMoon.RealEstateOne.com to learn more about this piece of Suttons Bay real estate.


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Tips For Open Space Movies at the Traverse City Film Festival http://mynorth.com/2014/07/tips-for-open-space-movies-at-the-traverse-city-film-festival/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/tips-for-open-space-movies-at-the-traverse-city-film-festival/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:05:12 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57222 Free, outdoor movies at the Traverse City Film Festival happen every night of the festival at dusk at Traverse City’s Open Space. The screenings, which happen with […]

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Free, outdoor movies at the Traverse City Film Festival happen every night of the festival at dusk at Traverse City’s Open Space. The screenings, which happen with the help of a giant inflatable screen, are a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience: a slight breeze rolls off nearby West Grand Traverse Bay, while hundreds of people settle into their seats and the a larger-than-life screen glows over a grassy expanse. Follow these tips for Open Space movies at the Traverse City Film Festival to make your visit stress free and even more enjoyable.

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1) Arrive Early: This should go without saying, but the Open Space will be packed for each and every free movie during the week of the Film Festival. Head over early and reserve a seat with a blanket or chairs in order to guarantee a good spot to catch the flick. Arriving early might also help when it comes to finding a parking spot. Don’t forget that the Film Festival is offering a free shuttle service throughout the entire festival.

2) Bring Blankets, Chairs, and More Blankets: If you find a spot towards the front of the screen, bring a blanket to lie on. There’s no written rule on it, but it is common courtesy to keep lawn chairs towards the middle and back of this outdoor theater. Whether you are planning on lying on a blanket or sitting in lawn chairs, make sure to bring extra blankets. When the sun goes down and the breeze off the water begins to blow it can become rather chilly and you’ll be wanting a blanket to wrap up in.

3) Pack a Picnic, or Eat There: Load up a basket with goods from Traverse City (try sandwiches from nearby Mary’s Kitchen Port or Folgarelli’s) and head down to the Open Space for dinner while you wait for the movie to start. Pack your own popcorn or buy some there; numerous vendors will be placed throughout the Open Space grounds selling food, t-shirts and other goods. Remember to pack lots of water as well.

4) Stay Safe: It’s a great idea to attend the Open Space movies with the kids. However, make sure that they are with someone they know at all times. The movies begin at dusk and it is a good idea to have the kiddos around you instead of wandering off towards the open water or busy roads. It’s also useful to have something identifiable in case you need to attract the attention of someone trying to find where your blanket is stationed; even a cell phone being waved in the air can serve as a beacon for someone trying to locate you during the dark movie screening.

For adults who plan on having a few drinks before the showing, make sure you have a designated driver who can pick you up when the showing is over, which is generally somewhere around midnight.

5) Plan Ahead: If you’re from Michigan then you know that the weather can change at any moment. It probably won’t snow during the screenings, but it has unfortunately rained in the past. Pack umbrellas and rain coats just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. In the case of extreme weather, the screening will be cancelled.


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Storm Front Over South Manitou Island. Photo: Robert James Russell http://mynorth.com/2014/07/storm-front-over-south-manitou-island-photo-robert-james-russell/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/storm-front-over-south-manitou-island-photo-robert-james-russell/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:50 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57375 The post Storm Front Over South Manitou Island. Photo: Robert James Russell appeared first on MyNorth.com.

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Traverse City National Writers Series: Cancer, Love & Triumph http://mynorth.com/2014/07/traverse-city-national-writers-series-cancer-love-triumph/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/traverse-city-national-writers-series-cancer-love-triumph/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:59 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57362 Last summer, the Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS) launched an “In Studio” event series featuring free and low-cost book events with Katey Schultz, author of the […]

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Last summer, the Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS) launched an “In Studio” event series featuring free and low-cost book events with Katey Schultz, author of the award-winning Flashes of War. The event featured a free mini workshop on flash fiction and a reading by Schultz.

The “In Studio” series continues this summer with a free event on August 14 at 7 PM with Greg Holmes and Katherine Roth, authors of The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love, and Triumph.  The husband and wife team will discuss their book in conversation with NWS co-founder, award-winning journalist, editor, and ghostwriter Anne Stanton.

On April 1st, 2004 Greg Holmes, Ph.D., was diagnosed with sinonasal undifferentiated cancer, an extremely rare and deadly cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, his wife Katherine Roth, M.D., was fighting to survive as a family physician in a medical profession that ostracized her for her beliefs in alternative medicine. Holmes was able to survive in large part due to the interventions of his wife. Greg and Katherine have written a detailed account of his cancer treatment in their book.

Told from alternating perspectives, The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love, and Triumph. is a memoir of how Greg and Katherine faced a devastating diagnosis, underwent a grueling course of traditional therapy, and scrambled to find alternative treatments for his cancer. More than a personal story of survival, The Good Fight provides insights on how to treat cancer with nutrition and complementary therapies. At its heart, The Good Fight is a memoir about the power of love.

Holmes is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Traverse City. He has taught medical students and resident physicians in family medicine for over twenty years. He is a popular speaker to the general public as well as the medical community.

Katherine Roth, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 30 years of clinical experience. Prior to private practice, she worked as the associate director of a family medicine residency program in Lansing, Michigan. She is currently in private practice and a much sought after expert in the field of integrative medicine.

Katherine and Greg have collaborated for over twenty years educating physicians and caring for patients. During this time they have led support groups for patients with heart disease and cancer.

Refreshments will be served at the event including appetizers provided by Oryana, Bistro Fou Fou, and the Cook’s House.

The event will be held at the Front Street Writers studio and National Writers Series offices located at 123 W. Front Street in downtown Traverse City.

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Top 10 Northern Michigan Pediatricians http://mynorth.com/2014/07/top-10-northern-michigan-pediatricians/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/top-10-northern-michigan-pediatricians/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:55:57 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57268 Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan Pediatricians—just in time for back to school check-ups. The following winners were determined by more than 10,000 participants who voted […]

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Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan Pediatricians—just in time for back to school check-ups. The following winners were determined by more than 10,000 participants who voted in MyNorth’s 2014 Red Hot Best annual contest. Schedule an appointment for your Northern Michigan kids and get them primed for a busy back to school season. Find all 300 Red Hot Best winners in 101 categories in the 2014 June issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.


The top three, which appear in the 2014 June issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, are as follows:

  • Dr. David Olson at Grand Traverse Children’s Clinic — 537 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Robert Sprunk at Grand Traverse Children’s Clinic — 537 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Dennis Kuhn at Northern Michigan Medicine and Pediatrics — 3643 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

And the rest of the 10 in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Dr. Michael Eldredge at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic — 5024 N Royal Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Luann Labian at Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic — 4020 W Royal Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Dennis McGeath at Petoskey Pediatrics — 345 Division Rd Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Dr. Sarah Mulder at Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic — 4020 W Royal Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Cynthia Smith at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic — 5024 N Royal Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Karla Smith at Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic — 4020 W Royal Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Dr. Andrew Tursman, Grand Traverse Children’s Clinic — 537 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

 

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How to Get Kids Hiking in Northern Michigan http://mynorth.com/2014/07/how-to-get-kids-hiking-in-northern-michigan/ http://mynorth.com/2014/07/how-to-get-kids-hiking-in-northern-michigan/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:47:00 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=57293 How to get kids hiking in Northern Michigan? One simple idea: bait them with wild berries. Late summer finds wild raspberries, black raspberries and even blackberries on […]

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How to get kids hiking in Northern Michigan? One simple idea: bait them with wild berries. Late summer finds wild raspberries, black raspberries and even blackberries on the forest fringes across Northern Michigan’s outdoors. Here are four trails where you are very likely to find handfuls of wild, ripe (and organic!) berries this time of year. Leave the cumbersome bucket at home—just let your cubs graze onsite. Before you go, make sure kids know this isn’t a shopping trip or even a U-Pick.  They are going to have to work for their treats! Think of it as a scavenger hunt for edibles. That said, make sure your children know not to eat anything you haven’t checked out as an edible berry, and tailor the length of your hike to the age, physical fitness and attention span of your child.


Before You Begin!

A few things before you set off on the trail:

  • Pants and long-sleeved shirts make burrowing into the mass of thorny canes easier. And don’t forget the insect repellent and drinking water.
  • Beware of poison ivy: Leaflets three, let it be!
  • Note: While picking is allowed for immediate personal consumption on the following trails, regulations prohibit picking for commercial sale.

Raspberries and Black Raspberries at Windy Moraine Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

This 1.5-mile looped trail is just down the road from the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive so it’s fun to make a day of it. The trailhead is at Welch Rd. and M109. The trail leads up a forested bluff (really a moraine left by glaciers 10,000 years ago!) and past a giant ancient maple with a bench next to it. The top of the bluff opens to a view of Glen Lake—and sunny fields of raspberries and blackberries.  From there, the trail wends back into the forest, undulating up and down for a bit. Before you know it, you’re back at the trailhead again! For more information: MyNorth.com >  Vacation  > Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Directions: From Empire, M22 north, bearing left on M109, for 5 miles. Welch Road and the trailhead will be on your right, just past the entrance to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

You’ll need a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitors pass to park at the trailhead. For information: nps.gov/slbe.

Blackberries at the Lighthouse West Natural Area, Tip of the Leelanau Peninsula

Forage blackberry bushes gone wild at this 42-acre preserve at the tip of Leelanau County.  With 640 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and terrain that moves from old farmland to a dramatic view of the lake and down to a rocky beach, an outing here means berry picking and then some. The trail is a little over a mile long. The best berry picking is on the Birding Loop which is under a mile long. Make sure to keep an eye out for the migratory birds that stop to feed and rest here before and after their flights across Lake Michigan.  While you’re out there, stop at the historic Grand Traverse Lighthouse where kids can get more exercise climbing the steps to the lighthouse tower!

Directions: From Northport, head north on M-201 through the Village, taking M-201/Mill Street north out of town. M-201 becomes Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. Stay on Co Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd.  Stay straight as Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. becomes Co. Rd. 629/Woolsey Lake Rd (Co. Rd 640 splits off to the right). Continue on Co. Rd 629/Woolsey Lake Rd for approximately 3 miles when it becomes Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd. Continue on Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd for approximately 2 miles, then go left on Cathead Bay Dr.  Parking is approximately 0.1 mile on the right-hand side. Leelanauconservancy.org > Natural Areas.

Raspberries at Goodhart Farms, Harbor Springs

Kids will feel like they are walking through a storybook at the Goodhart Farms preserve north of Harbor Springs where working hayfields and old orchards surround the 7.5 miles of trails. Pick wild raspberries along the trail off the Church Rd., parking area, then hike on for a bluff-top view of Lake Michigan. Please stay on the trails, and don’t wander through the hay fields.

Directions: From Harbor Springs, take State Road north 9 miles to Robinson Road. Turn left on Robinson and travel 3½ miles to the beginning of the preserve at the Hannah Road intersection. Summer parking is off of Hannah, Lone Rock, and Church Roads. Landtrust.org > Preserve Guide.

Black Raspberries along the Boardman Lake Trail, Traverse City

This 2-mile trail charts the eastern shore of Boardman Lake in Traverse City. Keep you eyes peeled for raspberry thorns growing in the shaded undergrowth on the gentle slopes along the trail—many can be found just south of the Traverse Area District Library. About two-thirds of the Boardman Lake Trail is paved, while the most southern portion is covered in crushed limestone. The trail is both hiker- and biker-friendly, although the trail is not a loop, meaning you’ll have to be prepared to turn around on the trail (which is recommended) or navigate some of the busier roads south of Traverse City to double back.

Directions: Access the Boardman Lake Trail at the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere Ave, or by parking near Oryana Natural Foods Market at 260 E Tenth St. Find maps of the trail at TraverseTrails.org > Boardman Lake Trail.


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