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Trail Talk Blog

Wed, February 18, 2015 11:47AM

Skiing at Minus 3? No Sweat!

Sure it’s been sub-zero throughout much of the state this week. But in this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne discovered cross-country skiing in such Arctic temperatures can be a warm experience. Rather think about summer? On Saturday March 7 Jim … Continue reading

Fri, January 2, 2015 11:38AM

Backpackers? Who Needs Their Tourism Dollars?

In this latest Trail Talk blog we wonder about Glen Arbor’s opposition to a proposed backpacking trail through Sleeping Bear Dunes and why wouldn’t tourism dollars from trail users be welcomed in a tourist town? Are you beginning to think … Continue reading

Wed, December 10, 2014 2:03PM

Wandering in The Garden of the Gods

Red stone sculptures and rock climbers.  In this blog entry of MichiganTrailmaps.com Trail Talk Jim DuFresne writes about the magnificent Garden of the Gods, a city park in Colorado Springs. Don’t forget our special holiday sale: purchase either Backpacking in … Continue reading

Tue, September 16, 2014 10:23AM

Outhouses: Taking A Load Off Your Feet

A smelly outhouse? Not to Jim DuFresne. Our Trail Talk blogger loves what a privy provides in the middle of the backpacking trip; a roof over your head and a seat to take a load off your feet. MichiganTrailMaps.com has … Continue reading

Thu, July 17, 2014 10:32AM

Hoist Lakes: Fishing For Anything

In this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne explores the Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area in search of trophy bass and bluegills. For more on the unique backcountry tract of the Huron National Forest see our latest Trail Talk newsletter or … Continue reading

Thu, June 12, 2014 11:09AM

In Search of Wilderness Solitude

Recently the new Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness was officially designated but Jim DuFresne wonders in the latest MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk blog; can a place that has been extensively logged and farmed, that is crisscrossed with new roads and old two-tracks, that was once … Continue reading

Tue, May 6, 2014 9:46AM

Fat Bikers & Skinny Skiers: A Trail Conflict

Trail conflicts are nothing new and they are not going away. Jim DuFresne looks into the latest; fat tire bikers and cross-country skiers, in this Trail Talk blog entry. Don’t forget, our newest map is now out and available from … Continue reading

Fri, April 4, 2014 9:42AM

Living on the Edge of the Grand Canyon

In this Trail Talk blog entry Jim DuFresne writes about one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, and seeing it with somebody with a fear of steep drop-offs. Another spectacular area with some steep drop-offs … Continue reading

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