Category Archives: Landscapes

Vol. XX – #256- Teichner Preserve and Lime Lake

(Report by Jim) Teichner Preserve is a Leelanau Conservancy area on Lime Lake Rd. It’s a short third of a mile walk to the East side of Lime Lake, but I made the most of it. During the Spring and Summer, it should be a treat with the boardwalk through the marsh and some possible Blue Flag Irises, which I’ve… Read more »

Vol. XX – #255- Still In the Air

(Report by Jim) I was looking for some ice boats today to run the drone over but none of the boats were sailing this afternoon. Instead, I took it up to the top of Whaleback and got the sun setting against the shoreline. I never tire of that view. It’s very clear how little ice has accumulated along the shore… Read more »

Vol. XX – #254- From Up High

(Report by Jim) I read someone spotted a sunken sailboat in Nedows Bay so I headed out at lunch to see if I could find it with the drone, but no luck. I think it was a red herring! But it wasn’t a total loss as the frozen lake is sporting some cool abstract patterns. I saw some people skating… Read more »

Vol. XX – #253- Palmer Woods and Ice Boating

(Report by Jim) Out on the X-Country trails again today! This time it was Palmer Woods down near Glen Arbor on Wheeler Road. These trails have a much better base with some well established grooves. There are some gentle uphill climbs and some steeper downhills depending on which direction you take. I went in numerical order for a total of… Read more »

Vol. XX – #251- Skiing the Winter Sports Loop

(Report by Jim) This afternoon, I headed up to cross country ski a trail I’ve hiked many times in the Summer. There is a extra “Winter Sports Loop” on the Mud Lake Trail at the end of Densmore just south of Leelanau State Park. The condition of the trail is just barely ski-able with no more than an inch of… Read more »

Vol. XX – #246- Meggen’s Monday

Past Glen Haven where the iconic red Cannery building sits, M-209 runs to the old Life Saving station, and beyond that, to a parking lot for the trailhead of the Sleeping Bear Point trail. We weren’t the only ones out there on a mild Sunday afternoon. A dusting of snow played up the contrast in this wild dunes landscape. It… Read more »

Vol. XX – #244- Meggen’s Monday

Just for today, we are trotting out some “Favorite Things” images from summertime, a couple of summers ago…watching for the Joy to return to Leland… gazing at the Big Dipper surrounded by the aurora borealis, from Glen Haven… and tumbling down the Dune Climb.  Here are the 2020-21 Snow Gauge Contest entries! We had 41 entries and looks like the… Read more »

Vol. XX – #243- Meggen’s Monday

Happy New Year! This weekend we saw mild temps (above freezing) and low to no wind, which made ideal hiking conditions. The stretch along the north edge of Pyramid Point, accessed by Bohemian Road, is a new favorite (or an old favorite, for many). The dune continues to erode, with active water run-off (and residual snow), which produced cinnamon-roll-like sand… Read more »

Vol. XX – #242- Lighthouse West Natural New Year Area

(Report by Jim) Welcome to 2021! To start the year out right, we spent the better part of this morning mopping up some leaking water in the basement. That left a little time to go up to Lighthouse West Natural Area for a short hike. (Leelanau Conservancy, right off Cathead Bay Dr., right before the entrance to Leelanau State Park) … Read more »