Making maple syrup is the perfect activity to say “goodbye” to winter and welcome the muddy, messy of year that let’s us know that spring is here. This four-part series will cover what you need to know to get started making maple syrup. How it Works Maple syrup is concentrated from tree sap, which contains … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 1): Get Ready!
I don't think I would get outside somedays if it weren't for moving snow. I had a cold earlier this week and spent the entire day at home on the couch reading journal articles. I wasn't too sick, so in the afternoon I ventured outside for a half hour to shovel the steps and a few other … Continue reading Moving Snow
I have a tendency to stay home on weekends. I usually try to spend at least one entire weekend day at home. Sometimes I make it from Friday afternoon to Monday morning without going anywhere. This seems weird to some people and I do miss out on some weekend activities and shenanigans with my friends. But … Continue reading Weekend Hermit
When it gets cold, I forget how to get dressed. As fall transitions to winter and the temperatures start to drop below freezing, I respond by piling on more and more layers (and eating more and more cookies, although that's not the point here...). This sounds warm and cozy, but it's problematic when I go … Continue reading Two Rules to Dress for Cold-Weather Running
Unless you've been living under a rock (or a snowbank!), you've probably noticed that dog sledding is hot in Upper Michigan. Sure, the UP200 Sled Dog Championship has been going since 1990 in the central Upper Peninsula, but the Keweenaw is rocking its own race with the CopperDog. Now in its 6th year, the CopperDog 150 has … Continue reading Dog Sledding for Rookie Mushers
Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. Gosh, it’s been a long time since I wrote last! Certainly, it’s been too long and … Continue reading Project Get Out: The End
Colder weather can make it hard to get outside and enjoy being there for any length of time. Fall poses a triple threat: the days get shorter and darker, the weather can be finicky and unpleasant, and there always seem to be a lot of holiday distractions (hello Halloween candy!!). Winter is just plain... winter. Dressing the … Continue reading Brr! How to Layer Up and Brave the Cold
Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. Ack! This fall-turned-suddenly-to-winter has gotten the best of me, making me want to give up and hibernate! … Continue reading Project Get Out: Weeks 9 & 10