Category Archives: Lake Michigan

Vol XXI – #48- Pierce Stocking and Windy Hill Moraine Hike

A couple inches of snow fell overnight replacing what we lost yesterday. My goal was to hike Leelanau Conservancy trails Shauger Hill and Windy Moraine, but ended up hiking up Pierce Stocking to the N Bar Lake and Lake Michigan overlooks first instead (having completely missed the Shauger Hill trailhead at the entrance to the parking lot). Pierce Stocking Drive… Read more »

Vol XXI – #41 – Calendars

The 2022 Leland Report Calendar is the 16th consecutive calendar we have put out. For the last 16 years, I have assembled 12 of our best photos from a huge number to choose from. This isn’t as easy as uploading 12 photos and having a printer print out X number of calendars. I manually edited every page, placed all the… Read more »

Vol XXI – #37 – Sister Ships and Whaleback Natural Area

Back in Leland to see what’s been happening. The Japanese Maples are the only trees still holding their color. Found two boats and a building in the Harbor parking lot. Looks like old friends will be spending the Winter together there. Carlson’s Fishery is the latest benefactor to an upgraded foundation. Took a hike up into the Whaleback Natural Area… Read more »

Vol XXI – #34 – Hello Janice Sue

The Janice Sue is back in town! It was a dreary, rainy day today, so not worth too much effort looking for photos. I still managed to get things done. The address sign is almost done. This is a restoration of a sign Keith carved 20 years ago. I also cooked a burger that was accidentally shaped like Michigan. The… Read more »

Vol XXI – #33 – Back to Big Sable Light

One of my favorite lights so far travelling up the Michigan shore is Big Sable Light. Mostly, because it is not as easy to get to as most of the others. There is no way to simply drive right up to it and park. There is over a mile walk down a path inland (or bike in my case) from… Read more »

Vol XXI – #31 – The 2022 Calendar

The 2022 Leland Report Calendar is now available to pre-order at the link below (ships middle of October). $15.95 for the calendar and if you buy a book with it, it’s only $5.00! Images by Keith Burnham, Meggen Watt Petersen, and Jim Burnham. Click here to go to the Calendar order page Thanks to everyone who has supported our project… Read more »

Vol XXI – #30 – Reflections on Rick

It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Rick Lahmann, owner of Reflections in Fishtown for 25 years. Not many people know, but I had approached Rick back in 2017 about someday taking over Reflections. My goal at the time was to move up here and run The Leland Report. Reflections would be a great location to… Read more »

Vol XXI – #29 – Starry Morning

I woke up early this morning not intending to take photos outside, but I stepped out on the deck and looked up and couldn’t help it. Clouds and stars are a irresistible combination. Later, I checked the webcam on Manitou Island Transit and saw another irresistible combination, Lake Michigan, clouds and sunset, with some surfers thrown in for good measure…. Read more »

Vol XXI – #24 – Fishtales for the Win

Mike Fisher and crew brought home a first place finish in Section 2 Mackinac Cup Division of the 112th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac with their boat Fishtales out of Lake Leelanau! I have the pleasure of knowing two of the crew, his son Judd and Frank Petty and we couldn’t be more proud of this band of renegades!… Read more »

Vol XXI – #23 – Good Harbor Hike

Always interesting running into people on Good Harbor beach. And we didn’t actually accidentally run into them. We just couldn’t avoid this cute little Aussie puppy when she ran up to us. John and Pam from Glen Arbor stopped us from running away with Giselle. 🙂 After posing with the puppy, we headed up the beach and onto the forest… Read more »