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Outdoors

Keeping exploring nature for greater understanding

“If you get stuck down a dead end street, any road up’s alright.” – Steve Gibbons When I was growing up in old Ishpeming, in the shadow of the towering Egyptian Revival obelisk shafts of the Cliffs Mine, I charted my muddy path to loving the outdoors by simple, but effective, ...

Once the snow falls, it’s time to snowshoe

Snowshoeing here in the Copper Country is as real as it gets. The weather can be warmer or colder, sunny or dark, the biggest factor is snow. It is a purely recreational sport that can be done nearly any winter day, although it is a necessity to have snow at least to a point. Meaning snow is ...

Efforts to remain present in life always pay off

As the hours, days, weeks and months roll past and into the rearview mirror, I think there is a tendency to take for granted the daily trappings of living. Despite my best efforts to remain present, aware and grateful each day, I can see myself maybe like a sparrow that gets used to seed ...

Buffalo Reef Task Force releases draft alternatives

Public comments are being accepted now through March 1 on the selected option and analysis of alternatives to protect Buffalo Reef in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, according to a Tuesday release from the Department of Natural Resources’ Deputy public information officer John Pepin. The ...

Time to plug into nature

There is a sense that I sometimes get, especially while walking in the woods along an old, sandy two-track road or a grass-grown-over abandoned railroad line or when I’m visiting places that I haven’t been to in several months or years. It is a feeling that the road, the trees, the rivers ...

Learn about trapping at winter workshop

Hermansville ­— The Community Center in Hermansville will once again be filled with traps, trapping gear, the scent of lures, pelts, expert trappers, prizes and of course lots of youngsters eager to win prizes and learn how to be a trapper. This is the 19th year this event has been held. ...