Category Archives: Antrim

Lake-Effect Weather: Good News for Two Great Local Ski Races!

By MIKE NORTON It looks as though an extended period of cold weather has finally arrived here in Traverse City. We woke up this morning to a fine mistlike snow, the kind that comes when temperatures get down to the … Continue reading

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Snowshoes and Chili: a Two-Pronged Strategy for Winter Fun!

By MIKE NORTON Everybody loves the first Christmas-card-pretty snowfall of winter. Maybe even the entire first month of winter. But after a few weeks, opinions begin to diverge sharply among those of us who live in the northern regions. Some … Continue reading

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Midwesterners and Weather, Free Skiing on Christmas, and a Chance to Do Something Good

By MIKE NORTON Finally, some real snow! I took a long walk along the escarpment above the Mission Point Lighthouse on Sunday afternoon, strolling through the cozy hemlock forest as the snow fell gently around me. It was a profoundly … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Glacial Hills Pathway, and a Run Through the Vineyards

By MIKE NORTON I’m loving this weather! Best time of year ever! Last week I took a drive out to Shanty Creek Resorts over in Bellaire, in the heart of the Chain of Lakes country of Antrim County, just east … Continue reading

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Saturday: Antrim County’s Petoskey Stone Festival

By MIKE NORTON What a HOT weekend it was here in TC! I was swimming in the Bay twice — in May! Hopefully, the weather will be a little more comfortable this weekend for the runners who’ll be competing in … Continue reading

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Happy Brad Day! (Ready to Ski Across a Pond of Slush?)

Good form at the Shanty Creek Slush Cup By MIKE NORTON Well, you can’t say that we haven’t had a winter. Every now and then, anyway. One day you get a blizzard and outrageous tear-your-face-off winds. The next day the … Continue reading

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A Goldfinch Epiphany: Rubber Ducks and Paddleboard Races

Cyling up Smoky Hollow Road (Without Goldfinches) By MIKE NORTON One of the things I’ll never forget about my four-year stint in the Coast Guard was standing the occasional bow watch on the old USCGC Blackhaw and watching the dolphins … Continue reading

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