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Canoeing Michigan's Rivers

Canoeing - it sounds romantic, doesn't it? My aunt and uncle had their first date while canoeing a Michigan river. My parents gave my husband and I a double kayak for our wedding present. I am a nature photographer, and most of my photographs are taken out on the lake, during a quiet paddle. Every other week our daughter and I go out and clean up the lake, picking up people's trash.

It is all about the water, and how you can truly experience nature by being on it.

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The BlackRock Medieval Fest, A-Z

Today we visited the BlackRock Medieval Fest, held in Augusta, Michigan. Near Kalamazoo, this renaissance festival is lively, fun, and quite entertaining. We'll write more about it, but today, when we're full of medieval joie d'vivre, we'll share the BlackRock Medieval Fest A-Z. Take a look...

BlackRock Medieval Fest, A-Z

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Come Hither! 7 Tips for Visiting Black Rock Medieval Fest

Lords and Ladies of West Michigan, save room on your calendars for the Black Rock Medieval Fest, held on 5 weekends in summer in Augusta, Michigan. The festival runs from 10am - 6pm on weekends in July and August.

Come Hither! 7 Tips for Visiting Black Rock Medieval Fest

Michigan's Small Town Treasures: The Craziest Festival in Michigan’s Thumb

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Jun 21, 2017 / 0 comments

If you only have time for one small-town festival this summer and you want it to be filled with enough silliness to make you forget all the serious stuff going on in your life, consider the Annual "Cheeseburger in Caseville"  Festival. It is too big for a weekend and runs every year in August. As you reach the city limits, you’ll be greeted by more pink flamingos than flock anywhere else north of Miami as the small beach town of Caseville morphs into Key North.

Michigan's Small Town Treasures: Mackinac Island

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Jun 16, 2017 / 1 comments

Originally called Michilimackinac Island, there were at least fifty-five spellings to twist newcomers’ tongues around the lyrical name. To make life easier, Michilimackinac was shortened to Mackinac and later, when the British arrived to stake a claim to the fur trade, they began spelling it "Mackinaw" which was in accord with its pronunciation.

Michigan's Small Town Treasures: Mackinaw City

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Jun 16, 2017 / 1 comments

A Summer Learning Experience: Mackinaw City

Top 10 Beach Towns on Michigan's Sunset Coast

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May 26, 2017 / 10 comments

You're in the right place - Michigan's Sunset Coast (aptly named, for the gorgeous sunsets!). The beaches on Lake Michigan are clean, sandy, and very swimmable. There are excellent restaurants, extraordinary artists, great music, and plenty of outdoor activities. It's my favorite place, in the whole world.

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5 Best Coffeeshops in Kalamazoo

Note: We've updated this! Please click here to read: 

The Complete Guide to Kalamazoo Coffee Shops

 

We recently moved to Kalamazoo, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the great local coffeeshops around! Some have more photos than others – I’ll have to rectify that situation.

Here are 5 of my favorites:

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Michigan Townships Association offers scholarship to future local leaders

The Michigan Townships Association offers the Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a career in public administration. The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis, and applicants are considered on several factors, including academic achievement, community involvement, and commitment to local government administration.
 

Photographer of the Month: Paul Jaekel

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Jan 26, 2017 / 0 comments

Paul Jaekel has had an interest in photography for many, many years. For a long while, he only took the usual pictures of clouds and nature with his cell phone. Then, in early 2015, he started fully acting on that growing interest by turning it into an amateur hobby. As a lifelong resident of Southeastern Michigan, he began by driving around to places nearby his home. As he ventured, he found places that he never stopped at before. Later, he traveled to places further out from home - towards Detroit and up into the thumb of Michigan.

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