Vol XXII – #13- Wildfire

  Excitement for the day was a wildfire that started along the telephone lines that head into the forest south of Trillium Dr., which is less than a mile South. Looks minor, but with the winds today, could have been pretty serious. Thank you Leelanau Township Fire and Tribal Fire personnel for taking care of this. The Daffodils also thank… Read more »

Vol XXII – #12- Fishtown to Alligator Hill

 Two for one today. Clouds parted for a nice sunny day yesterday, however cold with gale force winds. The Joy is in the water and it looks like the new and higher dock is complete. Today we took a hike over to Alligator Hill which is still healing from the microburst many years ago. Today started out cold, cloudy, and… Read more »

Vol XXII – #11- One or the Other

  I guess we can have warm and rain, or cold and sunshine this week, that’s it. I guess I can’t complain. Top photo is from Bayview and you know the bottom. I can’t pass up a day like this and a Narrows shot. The boat is in good condition now for the Summer and we had a good dinner… Read more »

Vol XXII – #10- Fog and Birds

Cold weather hanging around can’t stop the lake from thawing. But that didn’t stop our friend Elijah from taking his kite skiing rig out on the lake one last time. Per Elijah, “And no, it’s not really safe”. Noted! Today a cool fog bank rolled over the East side. A lone kayaker was communing with the seagulls out near the… Read more »

Vol XXII – #9- No Cruise Ships

It was probably inevitable, but cruise ships have made their way into the Manitou Passage. I’m not talking a small one, mind you, this was a massive one that could inundate our peaceful town with thousands of gawky iPhone-laden tourists all at once! Imagine the lines at the Cheese Shanty after a visit with one of these monsters. And the… Read more »

Vol XXII – #8- Leland on the Atlas

I dropped off some more Leland Report books at Leelanau Books in Leland last week and Paula handed me an Oxford Essential Atlas 8th Edition which has the Leelanau Peninsula on the cover! She has a shelf full of them, so go pick one up. It’s now been six years since I came out with “The Leland Report- 15 Years… Read more »

Vol XXII – #7- Back Up On the Dunes

I headed South toward Gen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes Trail this afternoon and stopped by Sugar Loaf Resort (or what used to be). The main chalet and hotel building is now completely demolished. Only a couple hotel buildings remain and only a single light pole and chairlift pole remain on the hill. From there, I drove down to the… Read more »

Vol XXII – #6- A Puzzling Week

I am up in Leland again for the first time since the middle of January. Covid kept me back in Illinois in February, but I spent a couple weeks recovering and finally made my way up. The weather on the trip up Sunday was great, but immediately took a turn Monday, so I apologize for jinxing you all. It’s been… Read more »

Vol XXII – #5- To Paula With Love

It’s with deep sadness that we report the passing of our dear Aunt Paula Gits. A woman with a penchant for fun, adventure, and laughs. She always brightened a room by just walking into it. The obituary says it all plus, here are some favorite photographs. Goodbye Paula, we love you! Our deepest condolences to Norb and the whole Gits… Read more »

Vol XXII – #4- A St Patrick’s Birthday

Happy 89th birthday to the original Leland Reporter, Keith Burnham. Slàinte! Breaking:  I have confirmed with Fishtown Preservation that I will be at the Art Shanty again this year from 6/28-7/4 Thanks to everyone who has supported our project throughout the years. We all know how special and “one-of-a-kind” this area is and we have enjoyed bringing out that uniqueness… Read more »