Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Havoc the Swift FoxI saw this adorable photo of Havoc, a sweet swift fox, on the Endangered Wolf Center’s Facebook page, and I can’t stop smiling! It makes me miss the wolf center even more.

The center has been closed to the public since the very beginning of April for breeding season, and it won’t reopen its doors until Wednesday, June 19. After that, visitors can make very easy reservations to see these beautiful animals on a tour, throw yummy treats to them during an Enrichment Experience, or even howl with them during the center’s many different kinds of wolf howls (ranging from Wine and Cheese to Ice Cream to Campfire, and many more!).

I really can’t wait to go back and visit the wolves and swift foxes! I’m even taking my best friends with me, too, so they can check ’em out and enjoy the place as much as I do! 🙂


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Great White SharkI don’t know who took this (and apparently no one else does either), but this person is seriously awesome.

A coworker, who also loves sharks like I do, saw this photo and article and shared it with me, so I thought I would share it with you all!

I know if I saw this happen in front of me, I would be awe-struck and full of wonder. I would probably also faint and find out that I soiled myself. Just saying!

Check it all out here! 🙂

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PresqueIsleStateParkSo on my lunch break I decided to muse about since I forgot a book and my DS (I’m currently addicted to Plants vs. Zombies). I started looking up things to do in northern Michigan/the Upper Peninsula, and I always wondered about Marquette, MI. Last summer, my husband and I drove through the entire state of Michigan, stopping at Traverse City, St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Tahquamenon Falls, and Munising, I believe. We had to go to the other side of the U.P. to get through Wisconsin, though, and so we didn’t have enough time to explore the western side of the U.P.

I stumbled upon reviews from tripadvisor.com and saw everyone clamoring about Presque Island State Park north of Marquette. After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to Google it for images.

Um, yeah. I’m totally going there next time. Do you SEE all that gorgeous water? I adore Lake Superior and want to be super close to it, so I think this is a must-see place!

What do you think? Also, if you have any other suggestions about where my husband and I should go in Michigan, both the U.P. and the Lower Peninsula, I will be happy to take suggestions, even for places we’ve already visited! 🙂

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On my way to work the other day, I decided to put in one of my favorite discs, Greetings From Michigan, The Great Lakes State! by Sufjan Stevens. It’s one of those discs that when played, especially in nice weather, it takes me back to that wonderful place in time in which my husband and I visited the beautiful state of Michigan. One song particularly took me back to two of my favorite locations in Michigan – “Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie.”

I really feel as if Sufjan does a fantastic job capturing these two fantastic locations, places that I can never forget for many reasons. Since listening to the song, I long to stand on the warm, soft sands of Sleeping Bear, west of Traverse City. I desire to stand on one of those beautiful sand dunes to see the glorious Lake Michigan below me. I’d give about anything to slip silently into the lake once more and allow it to gently jostle and move me around in its undulating waves.

I’m sad that I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted to in either location. I would’ve scoured the western beaches of Michigan and stolen a few hours away to swim and lounge by the lake. I would’ve dug a bit deeper into the very old history of Sault Ste. Marie, and I definitely would have gotten my passport and traveled for some time into Canada, visiting the “other” Sault Ste. Marie. I would have taken more time to take in all of the smells, the hues of the sky and the lakes, and the feel of the wind blowing my hair in the breezy, mild July weather. I would give anything to go back.

But until I do get the opportunity to journey northward, I must allow myself to bask in the happy memories that I shared with my husband. I will look at the bottles of Lake Superior sand on my desk with great fondness. I will gaze longingly at the photos I took of the beautiful state. And I will listen to this disc again and again and again, especially to this song.

Take a listen to this tune and see what you think!

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Spring is Coming!Happy 1st day of spring! I can’t believe that winter is over already! Everyone around me is very excited for the new season, even if today is abnormally frigid and windy. Me? I’m sort of in the middle. I’m happy for warmer temperatures but at the same time, I’m not.

This morning, I decided to make a list of all the springtime things I’m looking forward to and things I’m really dreading. Feel free to comment on what you love and hate about spring!

Reasons Why Spring Rules:

*Warmer temperatures!
*No more wearing coats in the car
*The trees will be blooming and looking colorful and pretty again
*Springtime thunderstorms!!!!
*I can walk outside with my beagle more easily after work and not shiver to death
*Driving down with the windows
*We can have more outdoor adventures more often!
*Random roadtrips around the area
*Won’t have to worry about ice nearly as much when driving to and from work
*Flowers! Yay!
*I can start putting together my plans to spruce up the yard. 🙂

SpringReasons Why I Dread Spring:

*One word – INSECTS. O_O* I’m so not looking forward to seeing wasps again, especially since they decided last fall to start sneaking into our basement. I’m just now getting used to coming down into the basement, you know (I’m deathly afraid of wasps and bees).
*ROAD CONSTRUCTION. Even this morning, out of nowhere road construction was being done on my stretch of Interstate (which isn’t by anything populous).
*The reemergence of farm equipment on the roads
*I have to wait till June to visit with my beloved wolves again due to mating season. JUNE, you guys! I’ll miss them lots.
*The heat will be coming back soon. 😦
*I have to wait until winter to wear my Michigan mittens. Boooooooo!
*I don’t feel very confident about my body just yet, so I am not looking forward to wearing “less” clothing. :/
*Potential work days outside, only because there are a lot of wasps around here.

I’m looking forward to the change of season, though! I wish we had a little more snow this year, but we got a LOT more than we did last year.

I hope you all have a great first day of spring!

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Empire, MichiganExcuse me while I daydream about the Great Lakes State for a bit!

Sometimes when I’m driving to or from work (which is an hour-long commute one way), I pretend like I’m taking the back roads and Interstates of Michigan on the way to something more fun, somewhere like Traverse City, St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, or somewhere by one of the beautiful Great Lakes. *sigh* One day I’ll go back. 🙂

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Shep and John in Lake SuperiorI know I’m late with this, but after seeing it reemerge on social media again, I figured I’d do my part and share this, too.

Wisconsinite John Unger has been taking his 19-year-old dog, Shep, into the waters of Lake Superior for a while to help lull him to asleep and ease the pain of arthritis that torments him daily. The buoyancy of the waters of Lake Superior sends Shep into a calm, peaceful sleep each night and soothes his arthritic bones.

I found this photo and this story to be very touching. I also find it to be eerily true. Lake Superior is truly calming and mystical in its own sense. I found that out when I dipped my legs and feet in its magnificent shoreline in the Upper Peninsula last summer. If I lived closer to that lake and my dog had pain like Shep, I think I would do the same for her.

Check out the full article here and the video featuring John and Shep here!

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