Category Archives: Trails

Look Both Ways & Ride

Spring is here and we’ll all be heading outdoors for the first long walks and bicycle rides of the year. In this piece MichiganTrailMaps.com blogger Jim DuFresne says it long overdue that motorized and non-motorized travelers acknowledge each other and … Continue reading

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Timeless In The Porkies & Loving It

Hey buddy do you know what time it is? Jim DuFresne didn’t. The main Trail Talk blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com didn’t know the time for five days while backpacking in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. And it was so unusual he … Continue reading

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Shaving a Mile Off a Day’s Hike

In our latest Trail Mix e-Newsletter, Jim DuFresne pondered how far he’s willing to go to shave a mile from a day’s hike (with a backpack on no less). It drew considerable response so we’re reprinting that portion of the … Continue reading

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Kids, Rain & Lakeshore Trail; What Could Be Better?

Ken Jacobsen is a nature photographer and a father. When he took his kids for a backpacking trip on the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and it was raining he thought he had a disaster on his hands. … Continue reading

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Too Much High Tech In The Woods

Let Google’s Street View Trekker hike the path for you? No thanks, we’ll pass even if it means we might get a blister on the back of our heel. In this Trail Talk blog we ponder when is so much … Continue reading

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Skiing at Minus 3? No Sweat!

Sure it’s been sub-zero throughout much of the state this week. But in this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne discovered cross-country skiing in such Arctic temperatures can be a warm experience. Rather think about summer? On Saturday March 7 Jim … Continue reading

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Wandering in The Garden of the Gods

Red stone sculptures and rock climbers.  In this blog entry of MichiganTrailmaps.com Trail Talk Jim DuFresne writes about the magnificent Garden of the Gods, a city park in Colorado Springs. Don’t forget our special holiday sale: purchase either Backpacking in … Continue reading

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