I wanted to share with you this great video from my Laura Pollina. In it she demonstrates the idea that thoughts have energy through energy sticks using the example of her parent’s dog, Georgie (who is truly the sweetest.) Positive thoughts expand… I personally love energy stick and know how easy they are to make at home!



Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

Did you know you can find loads of summer fun at Don Orr Sk N’ Beach Haus in TC? It has way more than just snow skis…

Those of us who spend our winters in Northern Michigan know Don Orr as a great place to purchase ski apparel and equipment, but it is way more than just a winter destination…During summer months Don Orr turns into a tiki bar boutique filled with beach gear, apparel, swimsuits floats, sandals, sunglasses, and so much more! The locally owned store has a good selection of life jackets and sunglasses (see pictures below) and sell my favorite brand of sunscreen: Sun Bum! They have a great selection of local apparel brands including M-22, Love, My Michigan Roots and 45th Parallel. Visiting from out of town? You can rent a huge yellow lily pad for hours of fun to play on the water! Take it to a beach or show it on the back of a boat for floating fun in the middle of the lake. Head to their website and sign up for their emails for 10% off a shopping trip www.donorrskihaus.com Or visit in person —> Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus:  890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 (see map below)

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Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

 (231) 946-8810                         www.donorrskihaus.com






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  • Once you arrive at The Grand Traverse Lighthouse there is ample parking and lots of picnic tables for enjoying an afternoon snack. There are also restrooms and a great play structure for kids. 
  • As of April 2020, the cost for lighthouse admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children (6-12) and 5/under are free.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park. For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.grandtraverselighthouse.com
  • There are some great campsites directly on the waterfront. Reservations for the campground can be made by online at www.midnrreservations.com

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse 

Located at the Northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, inside Leelanau State Park, 9 miles North of the town of Northport, is The Grand Traverse Light House. The lighthouse itself has been restored and is open to the public, and there is a cute little gift shop (open daily from May through October and weekends in November). In addition to the lighthouse, visitors can enjoy a beautiful hike, swimming, sunsets, fishing, and nature observation in the park.

Campsites that are directly on the waterfront are available for reservation, they are complete with their own fire pit for making s’ mores or cooking hot dogs! Comprised of 1,500 acres of breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline and woods, Leelanau State Park offers 55 rustic campsites, three mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails, a playground for kids, public restrooms, and a picnic area. The highlight of visiting is the views of Lake Michigan, Cathead Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, and the Manitou Passage.

From the map it looks like there is a lot of sandy beach to the left of the lighthouse, however, recently the water levels are high and some of these shoreline trails are covered by the fresh waters of Lake Michigan. 

Directions: The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is 35 miles north of Traverse City.  Take M-22 from Traverse City to Northport.  Then follow the “Lighthouse” signs through Northport on M-204 which flows into Lighthouse Pt. Rd.  Continue on Lighthouse Pt. Rd. following the “Leelanau State Park” signs to the very end. See map below…


Hike The Old Indian Trail: Empire, Michigan

The Old Indian Trail: Empire, Michigan

Distance: Two loops, each about 2.5 miles long

Terrain: Black Arrow Loop has sections of steep hills and sharp curves.

Vegetation: Evergreens and hardwoods, sand near Lake Michigan. 

This trail rewards it’s hikers with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and it is on my list of recommended loops to check out! Enjoy a hike outside on The Old Indian Trail- found just off M-22 between Empire and Frankfort, north of Crystal Lake and Point Betsie Lighthouse. My family and I did the trail last week, early April 2020, so the leaves were not quite out yet on the trees. Yet, it was still a wonderful hike and I would highly recommend it! The trail starts off next to the woods, there is a large parking area and a sign next to the road that says “Old Indian Trail” (see image below). You will then take one of two loops that lead you towards the water. Before you hit the beach, you will come upon about a quarter-mile of sand dunes, until you arrive at the Lake Michigan beach. Look North and South to the stunning untouched shoreline of Sleep Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. The entire trail provides beautiful scenery and about a mile and a half to the water where you can rest along the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the map below to find out how to drive to the starting point.  And in the Winter months this is a great trail for show shoeing and cross country skiing.  Happy Hiking!