Hiking: A History Lesson

Hiking, wilderness, and history! You can’t go wrong here!

Exploring Michigan and other cool places

My roots as a history nerd run deep, probably from the time my mom began reading me the Little House series, when I was a child. Because my parents’ idea of a vacation often involved sailing or cross-country skiing, we saw a lot of Michigan, and often our destinations had historical significance, such as the lumberman’s camp at Hartwick Pines where we would ski, or the historic village in Fayette, which once housed an iron smelting operation and today is a very well-preserved ghost town, where we got weathered in on our sailboat for three days. As a kid, I loved these places for both their natural beauty, and that hallowed sense of something big having happened there.

Medicine bottle found near an artesian spring near a homestead ruin on North Manitou Island.

Tea kettle found near an artesian spring near a homestead ruin on North Manitou Island.

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