Island Thrills, River Skills and Bootlegger Coves Inspire — Traveling to Many Adventures

Traveling to Many Adventures
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Michigan BLUE Magazine staff hears often from readers who enjoy the outstanding photography capturing this Great Lakes state, and the stories uncovering new treasures, people and places. The Travel and Adventure issue is dedicated to giving readers guidance from the armchair to a participatory experience, rich in every season.

Featured photographer Joash Raj (a pediatrician in West Michigan) gives us examples of the inspiration found along everyday pathways and spectacular natural vistas. He notes his landscape photography focuses on subjects “overlooked” and hidden in plain sight. We expect readers will be moved, too, by the unique vistas of Island Golf courses and by Points of Interest. Writer Jeanine Matlow lures us from the trap of becoming a “creature of habit” to roads less traveled.

Longtime BLUE columnist and feature writer Howard Meyerson also has taken readers on such adventures and introduced some of Michigan’s most fascinating hobbyists and craftsmen. Most recently Meyerson guided readers through Michigan’s National Parks and to the state’s “dark sky preserves” (Summer 2016 issue).

“Those ribbon highways along the state’s 2,232-mile mainland coastlines often lead to secluded areas where quiet repose is found.”
— Howard Meyerson

We are pleased this month to introduce Meyerson as the new managing editor of Michigan BLUE Magazine, providing readers with his professional background and vast experience to continue to serve such interests in every aspect of Michigan BLUE Magazine.

Meyerson has received many accolades and multiple professional awards for his work. Meyerson also narrates the photo essay in this issue, Scenic Drives: “Those ribbon highways along the state’s 2,232-mile mainland coastlines often lead to secluded areas where quiet repose is found. The state’s unique geology also affords drama — along the world-caliber sand dunes on Lake Michigan and eons-old cliffs along Lake Superior.”

Traveling the state in search of new adventures may also lead off a scenic highway by way of woods, trails and rivers. Mi Top 5 columnist Bob Gwizdz notes there are 12,500 miles of designated motorized and non-motorized trail in Michigan — more than in any other state in the union. Gwizdz also offers a firsthand account of the new kayak adventure trail, highlighting the Paddle Antrim Festival.

Writer Lynne Golodner shares her newfound thrill of rowing the Detroit River from the oldest boat club in North America.

In fact, another legacy of the Detroit River is the stretch of 28 islands between the U.S. and Canada that once afforded pirates and bootleggers one of the richest prohibition-era liquor trades. Two James Spirits in Detroit is basing its production on some of their recipes and storied history. The new Corktown establishment is Detroit’s first distillery to open since Prohibition. One example of its unique craftsmanship: Catcher’s Rye Whiskey, distilled from pure Great Lakes water and 100 percent Michigan rye.

So many adventures await, all so worth the time!

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