Category Archives: hiking

Horse Shows by the Bay: 10 Years of Equestrian Excellence

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’VE MOVED! Dear friends and readers, “Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to Or just follow this link. Thanks! Mike By … Continue reading

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A Rattlesnake-Free Hike on the Skegemog Pathway

From the viewing platform at the Skegemog Swamp By MIKE NORTON One of the things I love most about winter is its transformative power – the way it can turn a familiar, easily ignored landscape into something surreal and otherworldly … Continue reading

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Nordic Nostalgia: A Return to the Sand Lakes Quiet Area

  By MIKE NORTON New Year’s is all about looking ahead, but sometimes it helps to take a little glance at where you’ve been. That’s what led me and my cross-country skis out to the deep woods east of Traverse … Continue reading

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 5 Winter Strolls in Traverse City

 By MIKE NORTON OK, I know that by April I’ll be sick of snow. I know. But right now, the first real snowfall of the season is a wonderful thing. I love the way it covers the brown grass, faded … Continue reading

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A Walk in the High Country: The Red (Wines) of October

By MIKE NORTON I’m a sucker for a good fall weekend. The weather can be cold, wet and miserable for weeks on end, but give me two straight days of sunshine, and all is forgiven. Especially when all that beautiful … Continue reading

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Fall Splendor, Even in the Rain/A Hike at Pyramid Point

By MIKE NORTON I’m looking out my window right now at a misty landscape where rain squalls chase each other across the surface of the Bay like fretful and obnoxious children. Good weather for ducks, as they used to say … Continue reading

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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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