Travel & Adventure 2019: Contributors

Contributors, Travel & Adventure 2019

Christine Byron and Tom WilsonM. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson

Based in Grand Rapids, postcard collectors and history buffs Christine and Thomas are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture and write BLUE’s Vintage Views column. Their five pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards, as well as a State History Award.

Tom RenkesTom Renkes

Living a retiree’s life in Petoskey with his wife, Tom enjoys writing, painting, traveling, his grandchildren and caring for their 140-year-old home. He has authored three novels, writing under the penname Stewert James, and his freelance articles have appeared in a variety of publications. When not writing, Tom enjoys kayaking, fly-fishing, backpacking and a good bottle of scotch.

Greg TaskerGreg Tasker

A Traverse City-based freelance writer, Greg writes frequently about Michigan’s growing wine industry and also works part time in the tasting room and vineyard of a winery on the Leelanau Peninsula. His stories have been published in newspapers across the country and magazines, including Cadillac Magazine, Backpacker, Parade, Budget Travel, Traverse Magazine and BBC Travel.

Joash RajJoash Raj

A landscape photographer and plein air painter drawn to the natural beauty of subjects often overlooked or hidden in plain sight, Joash excels at representing nature’s various moods. He lives in Hudsonville with his wife and three children and works full time as a pediatrician. His photos and plein air oil sketches can be seen at

Amy EckertAmy Eckert

An award-winning travel writer based in Holland, Amy has traveled the globe and contributed to numerous travel books. She is the author of two guidebooks to Detroit; the most recent is “Easy Detroit Outdoors.” Amy is the past president of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. Find her at

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Letters may be edited for reasons of clarity and space.

CORRECTION: The first paragraph of Jerry Dennis’s Reflections column “Making trail” was incorrect in the Summer Issue of Michigan BLUE magazine, where a paragraph from another story was mistakenly placed. It has been corrected for the online version.

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