Category - Spring

In the midst of the morning rush—breakfast-making, backpack-grabbing, everyone scattering in different directions for the day—I remember to pull out a favorite pair of black running shorts and a red short-sleeve top to take with me. And shoes. Don’t forget your running shoes. While I often log miles from my house on the east side of town—the Vasa Pathway, one of our area’s premier trail systems, is within steps of our neighborhood—I like mixing up my running routine and will head to favorite routes throughout Traverse City.

Is there anything better than those first few days of spring when you can leave your jacket at home when it's time to venture outside? I love hiking in all seasons, but nothing quite matches that first hike on a warm spring day after what seems like 10 months of winter! We're lucky to have dozens of fantastic hiking spots throughout the region, but here are a few hidden gems you might not know about.

Four years ago, my wife Heather and I rented a house on the Leelanau Peninsula, just to the south and west of Northport. We had recently become a family of five -- our twin girls were 11 months old and our oldest daughter had just turned four. 

It was a long weekend getaway at a time when we were considering a move to Traverse City from our home in metro Detroit. We loved Traverse City, and had visited many times, but never in May.