Vol. XX – #230 – Low Water Time

(Report by Jim) Today’s Report is a throwback to 2011 when the water was low enough you had to jump down onto the deck of the Joy. There was also a shoreline!. Biscuit enjoyed those days, but he does not get down to the beach as much anymore. You probably have noticed a decline in the daily reports. After 20… Read more »

Vol. XX – #229 – Meggen’s Monday

Greetings from up north, where we have had our first real snowfall. It turned the woods into a magical place, with tree branches bowed low under the wet snow. I’ve been walking outdoors as much as possible. These are scenes from three different walks in the past week; all but the last were taken within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National… Read more »

Vol. XX – #228 – Keeping It Cold

(Report by Jim) I know this is off-season, but what this year is normal, right? I was reading an old Leelanau Enterprise from Feb 9, 1928 and it mentioned the annual “ice cuttng bee”. That reminded me of some old Erhardt Peters pics that I have from the Museum acquisition we helped with many years ago. Ice was carved out… Read more »

Vol. XX – #227 – Meggen’s Monday

It’s not every day you get to see a building fly through the air. Last Thursday, Dec. 3rd, the Biggs Contruction – Team Elmers – Kasson Contractors group of professionals succeeded in relocating the “Otherside Shanty” to dry land so the foundation can be refurbished and elevated safely above the high water mark. It was quite an orchestration. Fishtown Preservation… Read more »

Vol. XX – #226 – Leland Report Visits the Observatory

(Report by Jim) We got to go visit an observatory, well, sort of. When I saw I was shipping a calendar to the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, TX, I had to ask the recipient to send me a picture of the calendar with the observatory. This is Steve Janowieki, who got a calendar for his parents in Suttons Bay…. Read more »

Vol. XX – #225 – Making a Splash

(Report by Jim) Here are some of the shots I was able to get on my return to Illinois on Saturday. In no particular order (each one has the location underneath), the swamp near the Little Red Schoolhouse, Point Betsie, Frankfort Pier, and Portage Lake. A windy day to say the least!   The Leland Report 2021 Calendar is shipping… Read more »

Vol. XX – #224 – Meggen’s Monday

  The Leland Community Cultural Center/Old Art Building has put up a wonderful display of Christmas trees on the lawn, complete with lights and decorations. It was a delight to wander among the trees and also see the full moon peeking through the clouds. Many thanks to all at the OAB for this celebration of lights! (Pro tip: check out… Read more »

Vol. XX – #223 – Otter Creek Trail

(Report by Jim) I got the opportunity to meet up with Meggen’s Monday Meggen Watt Petersen for an afternoon hike down the Otter Creek Loop South of Empire. This is the trail hiking near Esch Rd Beach (if that is the place you normally go). This was a scouting trip for future visits, it has everything. Lakes, pine plantations, birch… Read more »

Vol. XX – #222 – Thanksgiving in the Land of Delight

(Report by Jim) Time to give thanks for everything we have. Thankful for family, yes, but also the adventurous spirits this week, kayakers in the rough, fat tire bikes on the beach, deer tracks in the dunes, and pine trees taking root in dead birch tree trunks. Today I got lost in the dune forest off Good Harbor Beach. Trying… Read more »

Vol. XX – #221 – A Cold Beach Sunset

(Report by Jim) It’s been cloudy all day and I didn’t have high hopes for sunset, but South Beach delivered again. The beach has receded a good 10 more feet from what it was this Summer. I ran into Paul Bolmer and his golden lab Mackinaw, they found some nice sized Leland Blues. Adventurer of the day goes to the… Read more »