The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Migration

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


Many birds migrate to and from the Great Lakes region. I am spending some time along the coast in North Carolina this month and I've noticed several species of birds that spend the mild months along the shores of our Great Lakes.




The sanderling is one of the hardest working shorebirds. It constantly scurries along the edge of the waves looking for its next meal.



Sanderling


I am also keeping an eye out for piping plovers. The Great Lakes subspecies of this bird is endangered. It spends the mild months in the Great Lakes and migrates to the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic coast for the winter. 



 Nesting areas are protected in the Great Lakes.
Piping Plover on North Manitou Island.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

2015 -- Quite the Year!

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


2015 was an amazing year.
Here are the highlights:

I began the year living in Chicago for several months where I finished the manuscript for the third book in my trilogy about our Great Lakes.

Chicago!


In May, 
A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure was released to select indie bookstores and my book tour began. In June, the book was available everywhere. I had dozens of appearances and interviews this year.

Zinta Aistars at WMUK

While touring, I had time to stop in at the lamprey research center where I got to hold a live lamprey!

Speaking at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor


Literati Bookstore!


Black River Books, South Haven


Brilliant Books, Traverse City


Time to visit "my lake," Lake Michigan

The "Perimeter" exhibit -- about Lake Michigan and the people connected to this Great Lake -- came to Traverse City! 

"Perimeter" by Kevin J. Miyazaki featured my portrait 


Part of "Perimeter" by Kevin J. Miyazaki 

I met up with Bette Hartig at Great Lakes Book and Supply in Big Rapids. She has carved two walking sticks for me!

Bette & Me and the walking staffs she has carved for me


I spoke at the Ann Arbor Library!


I was honored to be interviewed by Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio


I was the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting for this conservation group



I spoke to this outdoors group in Livonia


At the interview for this Chicago radio station


 I spoke at four REI stores in Chicago



I spoke at the WOW event in South Haven


This was a fantastic year for me and I hope it was for you, too!

I will continue to give my dynamic talks about our Great Lakes. 
And next year I will add a fourth presentation about Isle Royale!
All the best to you in 2016!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Water Walkers


Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com

I met author Carol Trembath at my speaking engagement at the Ann Arbor Library this summer.

Carol had just finished writing a children's book called "Water Walkers." Recently, she sent me a copy to review.



It's a beautiful picture book inspired by Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe member and founder of the Mother Earth Water Walkers. She and her group began walking around the Great Lakes in 2003 and have walked thousands of miles encircling these waters and calling for their healing and protection.


There are beautiful illustrations and a wonderful story centered around a young girl, Mai, who walks with her grandmother around the lakes. Along the way, she learns much about our lakes and the people and creatures who depend on these waters. The book also has useful information for teachers in the back.

To learn more about Water Walkers, go HERE.

Many resources in the back of the book


I learned about Mandamin when I was in the middle of my first hike encircling Lake Michigan. I am inspired by her endeavors and passion for our Great Lakes. Here is a video of Mandamin talking about her Water Walks:







Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Radio!

My book tour took me to Chicago and Milwaukee this fall and I was interviewed on several radio programs. "Live from the Heartland" is a unique show that broadcasts from the Heartland Cafe on the north side of Chicago. 



 Hosts Thom Clark and Michael James "Live from the Heartland" on WLUW

Interview at the Heartland Cafe




Hosts and guests on last Saturday's show

Then I went to the 27th floor of the Prudential Building where I was interviewed by Susan Wiencek at WTMX/WSHE.


Susan Wiencek at WTMX-WSHE FM

In Milwaukee, I had a wonderful talk with Susan Bence at WUWM (Milwaukee's Public Radio affiliate) along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Susan gets her mobile recording gear from her Mini Cooper



We hiked the shore south of the city and could look back to see the skyline




Susan conducted the interview while I took this photo




Susan is all geared up for the walk-and-talk


The shoreline looking south


Go HERE to listen to this walking interview.


Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Indies Coast-to-Coast!

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to http://LakeTrek.com



I love indie bookstores and visit them whenever possible. Recently, I traveled to Seattle with my friend Robin and found Island Books on 
Mercer Island.  

The indie on Mercer Island, Washington


This great indie has a wonderful literary vibe and an enviable collection of antique typewriters. 


Inside Island Books 

This Saturday I was back in Michigan in time for Small Business Saturday. Battle Creek Books invited me to sign my books.

Jim Donahue, owner of Battle Creek Books


Thanks to everyone who came out to support their local indie bookstores!

Ready to sign my books at Battle Creek Books



Book tree at Battle Creek Books!

Battle Creek Books has a few of my books (signed by me!) in stock for your holiday gifts!
Happy Holidays to everyone!



Sunday, November 15, 2015

WOW Weekend

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker -- like the WOW group in South Haven did -- go to http://LakeTrek.com


I traveled to South Haven this weekend to be part of the Women's Only Weekend (WOW).

Michigan Maritime Museum

 The Michigan Maritime Museum on the edge of the Black River hosted my 
Great Lakes Island talk.

Pam Haferman (far left) of Black River Books brought my books to sell at the event. Here we are with some of the women who came to hear about the islands of the Great Lakes.


Shipwreck display at museum


Speaking at the Michigan Maritime Musuem

I then went to Black River Books to visit with author Bonnie Jo Campbell for a bit. She's touring with her new collection of short stories:

Bonnie Jo Campbell signs her new book for me at Black River Books!


Black River Books has signed copies of my three books AND Bonnie's three latest books in stock. 
What great holiday gifts! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Return Engagement

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker at your senior community go to http://LakeTrek.com



I have spoken at many senior communities while on my book tour, but the Wyndham community is special. This group read my first book and used it to keep fit! For every 20-minutes of exercise, the residents counted that as "walking" with me for one mile of my 
1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach!

Kalamazoo senior community

 They read and exercised, learning about Lake Michigan along the way. The coordinator, Barb Fish, posted a map of the lake and gave everyone a push-pin to move along the lakeshore as they accrued "miles hiked."

Residents get ready for the presentation

This month I returned to tell them about my Great Lakes ISLAND Adventure and visit with my friends at Wyndham. 

Gail introduces me to the group