Category Archives: Fall

September: Drama Queen of Seasons/Hiking the Grand Traverse Commons

By MIKE NORTON September has certainly been a dramatic month here in the Traverse City area — great battalions of clouds racing across the sky; beams of thick sunlight  lancing out of the darkness like the searchlights of alien spaceships, … Continue reading

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Riding the (Paved!) Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay

By MIKE NORTON Fall color still hasn’t quite arrived in Traverse City yet, but there are little hints of it here and there. For a while, we were worried that the lack of rain and the hot dry summer would … Continue reading

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A Change in the Air, a Rustling in the Cornfield

By MIKE NORTON There’s still lots of summer yet. I keep telling myself that. And yet… in spite of the mid-80s heat and the bustling beaches, I can feel that a change is in the air. Here and there, I … Continue reading

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Learning to Love this “In-Between” Season

Yep, I still get the kayak out in November, December, January… By MIKE NORTON Local wits like to say that if you don’t like the weather in Traverse City, all you have to do is wait five minutes. This past … Continue reading

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Fall Thoughts, an Awesome Holiday Art Fair, and Toasting the Season in Leelanau

A Twilight Paddle past Neahtawanta Point at Bowers Harbor By MIKE NORTON Autumn is the briefest season, and the season I’m most loathe to let go of. Now, as it gives up these last few days of beauty before inevitably … Continue reading

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Zombie Pride: Halloween Happenings in Traverse City

Fall colors and golden grapevines at Chateau Grand Traverse By MIKE NORTON I do hope we’ve gotten the rain and gloom behind us so we can get on with the business of enjoying autumn. All I can say about the … Continue reading

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What an Astonishing October! A Weekend of Kayaking, Cycling and Hiking… and More to Come!

Liz glides her kayak across Spider Lake on a windless October day By MIKE NORTON OK, so far this has been an AMAZING October! And since I had a couple of vacation days to burn before the end of the … Continue reading

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