Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Pelizzari Natural Area/Skiing and Chocolate at Shanty Creek

The Middle Meadow at the Pelizzari Natural Area By MIKE NORTON We must just be living right in Traverse City, because the Laws of Nature seem to have been held in abeyance this winter. I’m speaking specifically about the well-known … Continue reading

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Visit to a Frozen Island/Perfect Weather for Pond Hockey

Blue, white and gold: the little no-name islet off the tip off Old Mission By MIKE NORTON As the weekend temperatures tumbled below zero around the Norton house, Karen and I went into two wildly different modes of winter adaptation. … Continue reading

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The North American Vasa: A Great Weekend for XC Skiers!

 OK, just so everybody knows, none of these guys is me…. By MIKE NORTON  Man, what a perfect skiing weekend we just had. Every weekend I think it can’t possible get better (except for that slushy rainy New Year’s weekend) … Continue reading

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What Beautiful Skiing Snow We’ve Been Getting!

A Young Skier Pauses Outside the Mt. Holiday Lodge By MIKE NORTON Once again, Traverse City is being treated to classic lake-effect winter weather – those bands of alternating sunshine and snow flurries that end up dumping loads of light … Continue reading

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A Winter Day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Skiers at the Dunes Overlook By MIKE NORTON I’ve lived in the Traverse City area for more than 30 years, but the beauty of this region still has the power to amaze me. Last week, for instance, I spent a … Continue reading

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