Two Big Questions on My Mind

I have a lot of questions. Many of these are of the existential what-does-it-all-mean variety that I suspect I'll never have answers to. But, for the purposes of this blog, I generally have two big questions that I'm trying to learn more about: 1) What are the ways that nature can enhance our health and happiness? I think we [...]

Winter is for Snowshoeing

Admission: I avoided snowshoeing for the longest time. It always seemed so slow and boring compared to cross country skiing. My thinking was: Why plod when you can race?!?! But I changed my tune this winter and have been snowshoeing a lot, to visit the cottage, to find chaga, to gather water (more on that [...]

Clouds are for Everyone

Although it's still winter, there are signs that spring is on its way. A week of unseasonably warm weather made me start a gardening project in February and we'll be making maple syrup before too long. Like most years, I slipped into a bit of a funk starting sometime in November, which lasted into January. I [...]

Gardening Experiment 2017.1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)

Okay, I couldn't help it. We had a week of unseasonably warm weather in mid-February. The sap started running on February 17th (no tapping yet, though). The snow melted back severely and we didn't even know if we would be able to snowshoe to the cottage without trudging through 18 inches of "mashed potatoes." So what else [...]

What I Found When I Went Looking for a Moose

My neighbor's have been hearing a strange bellowing noise by Mud Lake, and they think it might be a moose. It's not entirely impossible. There's a population of about 400 or so moose in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, although these are found quite a ways south and east of here in Baraga, Iron, and Marquette [...]