Prior to about 120 years ago, the human race was a nomadic one. If you were going to cross a distance of land, you probably were going to be walking. You could ride a horse or be pulled in a wagon, but your pace would be set by someone or something putting one foot in front of another.


Editor's note: This was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's June 2021 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.

When I was 20, I married a Vietnam war objector. My husband, four friends and I decided to travel to Europe so my husband could escape the draft. We followed Joni Mitchell’s lead and eventually ended up in Ierapetra, Crete, close to Mitchell’s beloved caves at Matala.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan residents Lee and Daphne Cobb dreamed of opening their own ice cream shop.


Rolling sand dunes meet turquoise waters. Vineyards form pleasing pastoral patterns. Farmhouses and fish shanties. Stunning sunsets. Leelanau Peninsula is a feast for the eyes. Not surprisingly, it also inspires and nourishes its art communities. A number of outdoor events are on the summer calendar geared for both artists and art appreciators. Watch a professional paint in real time, peruse a summer morning art fair or try your creative hand at capturing Leelanau’s many moods. Let Leelanau be your muse.


More than 99 miles of state-recognized water trail opened in Antrim County during a late May ceremony.

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GRAND RAPIDS — While Interlochen Center for the Arts has announced an abbreviated summer concerts series with six August shows, another popular West Michigan amphitheater plans a full schedule of 28 shows starting in mid-July — about the same time that the Michigan-bred Greensky Bluegrass ro…

There’s still time to sign up for the Outdoors Skills Academy Walleye Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 19 at the the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. To register, go to and click on the “Purchase a license” button. Sign in (using either a username a…

As a lifelong fisherman, I have picked up a few things along the way that really matter in regards to this favorite activity. Access to the water and fishing opportunities for all has been a big part of it all.

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The Summer Bird Walk begins at 8 a.m. June 19 at Grass River Natural Area. The guided walk includes a lesson on how to identify birds by their sounds and environment. Pay $5 at the event. 

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Near my house lies a ravine. Not deep by any standards, yet a depression nonetheless, snaking its way downward, curving right, and blending into the vast depths of a mile-long swamp beginning at the bottom of my hill. Though I’ve lived here nearly 10 years, I’m still peeling back the layers …

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Before moving to Traverse City, Catherine O’Connor made a career out of shopping. Not for herself — but for the high-end clients she got to know while working in luxury retail.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Lately Mike Terrell says he has never seen so many people on the trails.

As Pride month blooms and rainbows flutter around town you may find yourself more motivated to reflect on the language you use and ways you are an ally. This can be intimidating as learning about the LGBTQ+ community, labels, terms, or pronouns can sometimes be overwhelming at first glance.

THOMPSONVILLE — Thompsonville’s past and future roll into the present June 19 when the community dedicates its Diamond Crossing historical marker and simultaneously conducts a public visioning session for capturing community potential.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC is a top destination for so many tourists and families each and every year. From the Declaration of Independence to moon rocks brought back from the Apollo space missions, the Smithsonian curates and safeguards some of our nation’s most important…

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