Author Archives: Meggen Watt Petersen

Vol XVIII – #25 – Meggen’s Monday

It was a banner weekend up north! Shipping traffic on the Manitou Passage is back. Ever wonder which ship or freighter or tug you’re seeing, way off in the distance? My go-to website for that info is ais.boatnerd.com. Have a great and sunny Monday.    

Vol XVIII – #18 – Meggen’s Snow Day

Somewhere along M-22 there is at least one person who has traveled to Florida (or someplace equally balmy) recently… and remembers with a sigh, how delightful t-shirt and shorts were. Meanwhile, nearly every school in the area has canceled classes for today. If you need to be out on the roads in Leelanau/Grand Traverse, please drive slowly and be safe!… Read more »

Vol XVII – #338 – Meggen’s Monday

We headed north of the 45th parallel this weekend, to check out the blue ice that is pushed up onto shore near the Mackinac Bridge. This phenomenon happens when conditions are just right. Long periods of cold, with ice that has not been exposed to air: when that ice breaks up, there is a blue hue on the lower side…. Read more »

Vol XVII – #317 – Meggen’s Monday

Blue skies today, though it was a mere 18 degrees at sun-up. Today’s photographs are from Saturday, when JP and I went to Empire and watched as icebergs drifted by with the current, far out in the lake beyond the shoreline ice. We also checked out the Dune Climb, where a handful of people were taking advantage of the great conditions…. Read more »

Vol XVII – #310 – Meggen’s Monday

I understand that cross-country ski conditions on the Heritage Trail are excellent right now – new powder along with low temps – so head out to enjoy it if you can. Days are gradually getting longer, and many deer congregate along these country roads at sunrise and sunset, so keep eyes out for them. One surprised us yesterday by repeatedly standing… Read more »

Vol XVII – #303 – Meggen’s Monday

  On a quiet Monday morning, plenty of activity in this part of the county: tree removal in Leland and a yurt under construction in Lake Leelanau. I’ve been fascinated by yurts ever since visiting Mongolia a decade ago – they go up relatively quickly and are sturdy and surprisingly spacious. Weather-wise, we have the return of “real winter” temps… Read more »