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10 Letters and Contributors FULL TEXT

12 Wavelengths
As the height of winter passes us by, thoughts of spring and
warm summer days begin to surface like the tendrils of
early spring blooms.

30 Vintage Views
What started with log cabins during the American Revolution
became log architecture in Michigan.

34 Undercurrents
Lake dwellers help threatened loon populations by becoming
Loon Rangers in the Michigan Loonwatch program

85 Michigan's top 5
There is nothing like reveling with friends around an outdoor
bonfire or fireplace when it’s cold. Five unique places to
warm your spirits

96 Reflections
Sometimes the weather deteriorates unexpectedly,
but things turn out just fine.

14 Waterways
Sunset Coast birding, Earl Young stone cottages, Beaver Island
water trail, herbalist on medicinal plants, stargazing,
interior designers and terrarium gardening.

28 State of Mine
The joys of a summer bonfire with family at the cottage
are cherished through the years.

33 The Sporting life
A life spent fishing is one full of hope — a late-winter muse.



36 At the helm
Avoid problems and downtime with a little preseason
boat maintenance

77 Excursions
Mackinac Island Winter Festival, Michigan Orchid Society Show,
an Indie concert with The Crane Wives, a Bay City
Winter Festival and Shamrocked: an Irish Feast

Fine, fresh seafood is served in Bay City at the esteemed
Real Seafood Company.

Named after the steelhead that run local rivers, Thompsonville’s
Iron Fish Distillery celebrates its local and agricultural roots.

38 Unique retreat
Visitors arrive by water at this northern Lake Huron private island
getaway with its East Coast character and small boat basin.
Building on an island, though, involves a few challenges.

44 Viva la revolution
Not your grandfather’s slow and boxy pontoon boats, today’s
modern designs offer many comforts. They are fast, stable
and powerful enough to tow water skiers and tubers

48 Small cottage? No problem
Want more space? Worried about downsizing? These expert
design and landscape tips can improve livability in
heritage cottages and modern tiny designs.

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