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Oh, To Be A Guide In Alaska

Posted on February 2nd, 2018
We noticed the following help wanted ad in our email box recently. So did Jim DuFresne and it made him reminisce about the two years he worked for a guiding company in Southeast Alaska. Was it his dream job? Read on. Later this month DuFresne will be giving his new presentation, A Place Called the Porkieread more

Timeless In The Porkies & Loving It

Posted on October 16th, 2016
Hey buddy do you know what time it is? Jim DuFresne didn’t. The main Trail Talk blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com didn’t know the time for five days while backpacking in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. And it was so unusual he almost didn’t want to emerge from those rugged ridges w… read more

County Road 371: One Short & Adventurous Drive

Posted on September 17th, 2016
In the latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com, Jim DuFresne writes about the most amazing road he has ever followed in Colorado. Country Road 371 offers spectacular scenery, lots of outdoor adventure and places to camp. Even more amazing, CR 371 is only 10 miles long. Jim no more flew bac… read more
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Debt Repaid: Touring the House of Waterford Crystal

Posted on September 21st, 2015
Jim DuFresne just returned from a trip to Ireland and wrote this Trail Talk blog about touring the House of Waterford Crystal. What the …!!! Has the main blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com, an avid fly fisherman, hiker and camper, gone soft on us? You read the blog and decide. By Jim DuFresne During… read more

Living on the Edge of the Grand Canyon

Posted on April 4th, 2014
The Lakeshore Trail map. 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 is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the… read more

A Holiday Sale And A Journey To Death Valley

Posted on December 6th, 2012
Editor’s Note: Tis the season … to scramble around for last minute stocking stuffers. We’re here to help. MichiganTrailMaps.com is having its first holiday sale. Order a book and we’ll throw in one of our new trail maps, a $4.95 value! Order any book from our e-shop and fill in the “Name of F… read more

Thoughts on a Wilderness Island

Posted on October 29th, 2012
Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne has long since departed the Manitou Islands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore  but he filed one more blog entry for MichiganTrailMaps.com since his return to the mainland. Mark your calendar for a pair of Jim DuFresne presentations in November. DuF… read more

Pic Rock Yo-Yo Madness!

Posted on October 21st, 2012
Editor’s Note: This edition of MichiganTrailMaps.com Trail Talk was written by our favorite ultra-hiker, Roy Kranz of Midland. It’s titled Pic Rock Yo-Yo Madness! and in it he tried to explain why he hiked the 42-mile Lakeshore Trail at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore twice (there and back… read more

Racing to a Campsite on South Manitou Island

Posted on August 26th, 2012
Backpacking in Michigan Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne is on the Manitou Islands of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for two weeks working on a MichiganTrailMaps.com mapping project. Here is his first Trail Talk blog entry. For more on the islands, check out Backpacking In Michigan availab… read more

Going Extreme on Classic Michigan Trails

Posted on May 3rd, 2012
I received two emails recently from what only can be described as “extreme trail users,” people who push it to the limits and then some. The first came from Roy Krantz of the Midland Hiking Club. In 2003, Roy and a friend hiked the entire Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Jim DuFresne Rocks National Lake… read more
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