In the months leading up to my first IRONMAN 70.3 — northern Michigan’s first IRONMAN event, held in Traverse City in 2019 — I realized a couple of things especially boosted my confidence about tackling what would be my most ambitious endurance race to date: meeting up with fellow
Help Wanted – Lifesaver
Work in isolated area
Schedule is 24 hours a day
Work seven days a week
Save lives in inclement weather
Trim wicks & replenish whale fat
Wages $700 a year
By today’s standards this may not be the most attractive “Help Wanted” ad to entice you to change your career. But this is exactly what was expected of the early Lighthouse Keepers who kept watch over the Great Lakes in the late 1800s.
The concert venues were empty. The nightclubs were painfully silent. Even the buskers kept away for the downtown streets where they played for tips. Now, we are on the backside of the pandemic, and music is starting to once again to fill the air of Traverse City.
Historically Traverse City is closely intertwined with the water. Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bays, lakes, and rivers continue to leave an impression on all who touch this region. That connection to the water can be critical for a business thirsty to grow employees into a team. There are many team-building opportunities here and many of them are connected to the amazing natural resources. The water of the region can revitalize a team, but there are also plenty of excursions on the land that build a business into a team. Here are some of them:
Driving around the Traverse City area means that you’ll come across some spectacular views: pastoral landscapes, interspersed with cherry trees and rows of grapevines, all with the backdrop of Lake Michigan. It’s easy to take this slice of Earth for granted, and forget about the steps it will take to preserve this beauty for generations! Luckily, many wineries and vineyards in the area conscientiously take steps to create a more sustainable future while making delicious wine. Here are a few suggestions on who to check out for your next wine tour!
Did you know one of the largest redevelopment projects in the western hemisphere is in Traverse City’s backyard? The Village at Grand Traverse Commons was once a state-run mental institution housing thousands of patients before it spent more than 10 years sitting vacant. Since the massive
As the northern Michigan race scene gets back on its feet with pandemic restrictions loosening, those of us who have greatly missed toeing start lines, cheering one another on through the miles and triumphantly crossing finish lines are eagerly anticipating summer events — road and trail races, and maybe more low-key “races/runs” we take on with a few of our running friends.
For many a perfect vacation is much more than finding a great winery or fabulous restaurant. It’s about tracking down a cool adventure. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon or hang gliding over Lake Michigan (although you can do those things.) Sometimes it’s just being a little more adventurous than normal. So, we outlined three things that could be out of the normal for you.