Category - Outdoor Sports

The Wonderful Leelanau Trail

Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:00 AM by Allison Taphouse

As the weather starts to heat up, so do the trails. The paved Leelanau Trail spans a full 19 miles, flowing through orchards, wooded wildlife sanctuaries, wineries and open meadows – offering miles and miles worth of biking paradise. Every mile has something new to offer for both experienced cyclists and beginners alike. Ready to explore? 

Home is Where You Run

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 3:00 AM by Heather Johnson Durocher

It’s sticky-hot, one of the final days of summer, and my feet have a mind of their own -- they’re taking me past my parked car and toward the sparkling waters of West Bay. Water. Cold, refreshing water.

I come to the end of Maple Street, the sweet bakery smells greeting me as I run past Bay Bread

Birding in Northern Michigan

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:00 AM by Mike Norton

I heard my first loon last night. Far out on the harbor, that strange wild, half-crazy laugh came out of the evening mist.  Back from the warm places where they spend their winters, back to join us in the uncertain Northern springtime. I love those big birds.

In the Dunes: A Walk with the Wind

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 2:00 AM by Traverse City Tourism

Looking north over Sleeping Bear Bay.

Looking north over Sleeping Bear Bay.

By MIKE NORTON

For such an austere place, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can give you a major case of sensory overload. All that sky, water, sand and light… those blue immensities of air, those tawny curves of earth…

And, of course, the wind…

Becalmed on a September Afternoon

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:00 AM by Traverse City Tourism

A Sunfish sailor in Old Mission Harbor.

A Sunfish sailor in Old Mission Harbor.

By MIKE NORTON

Sometimes I think Traverse City must be the capital of small-boat sailing. And among its many other wonderful qualities, September has the best sailing weather of the year.

The winds seem to freshen, for one thing. (And they seem to be a

Dynamic Variation: