Friday, September 22, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
|Picture taken from Coldwater Ridge in July 2023, |
not taken during our Sept. '23 hike.
Friday, September 8, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on September 8, 2023]
Saturday, August 5, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on August 4, 2023]
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Potawatomi Trail Trailhead Elevation: 888 ft.
Monday, July 10, 2023
Marymere Falls Trail from Storm King Ranger Station
Trailhead Elevation: 0,000 ft.
Distance: 1.60 mi.
Elevation Gain: 356 ft.
Start Time: 2:37pm
End Time: 3:19pm
We began our hike from the Storm King Ranger Station. You can also begin this hike from the Lake Crescent Lodge. There is nice signage from the Ranger Station highlighting the start of the hike. It also describes in brief the nature of the hike. The beginning half mile plus is mostly flat and a wide trail. Then there are two bridge crossings and then the last 2/10 of a mile is an uphill climb. At the bridge crossings there was some signage about how the salmon create egg nests in the creek. After the crossings there is a brief climb up to a sign highlighting the beginning of a loop that takes one up to two different viewing areas for the falls. The sign suggests a clockwise passage of this final loop.
Friday, July 7, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Saturday, July 1, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on June 30, 2023]
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
Friday, June 9, 2023
Brothers and sisters in Christ, faculty and staff of Lutheran Westland, honored guests, proud parents and family, and our beloved class of 2023,
It is my honor to stand before you tonight. I have been a life-long lover of our Lutheran Schools. I come from a family of Lutheran School supporters and educators who have collectively spent near a century teaching in our grade schools, high schools, and universities. To speak before this body of brothers and sisters here in this beloved Lutheran School on the night of your commencement, is a true joy.
Can you believe that 1st grade was 12 years ago for you. Do you even remember what it was like? Did your mom dress you up in a cute outfit for your first day? Did you have Anna and Elsa on your school bag? Or was it the Spider-Man? Do you remember your first friends as this journey began? Are any of them still your friends today? Maybe even here at Westland with you?
Can you believe you have not only made it through the years of grade school but you've also made it through these four years of high school. Did they go fast for you? Does it still feel like you were just a freshman yesterday? Well fasten your seat belts, ask your grandparents just how fast life will get as the years go by.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on May 26, 2023]
Saturday, April 29, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on April 28, 2023]
Friday, March 24, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on March 24, 2023]
Friday, February 10, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on February 10, 2023]
Friday, January 6, 2023
[Originally published in the Monroe News on January 6, 2023]
Sunday, January 1, 2023
|West end of Hiland Lake|
Trailhead Elevation: 888 ft.
Jan. 1 Hike In
Elevation Gain: 1224 ft.
Start Time: 2:53pm
End Time: 6:50pm
Jan. 2 Hike Out
Elevation Gain: 850 ft.
Start Time: 8:52am
End Time: 11:10am
It was time for another go at Blind Lake. This would be night #12 at this lovely campground. In 2021 I made it there via a big hike on the Waterloo-Pinckney trail from Portage Lake. In the morning I had to bike from Blind Lake back to Portage Lake. The last time I did the standard Poto Trail hike to Blind Lake was 2019.
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