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National Parks; A Bargain at Any Price

Posted on August 9th, 2018
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass Last year when the National Park Service raised the price of the senior citizen lifetime pass from $10 to $80 we’re assuming there must have been a loud outcry. Jim DuFresne, the main contributor to MichiganTrailMaps.com, missed bei… read more

A Room in the Wilderness

Posted on December 3rd, 2017
A comfortable bed and a warm shower in the middle of the wilderness? Maybe even a glass of wine right along the trail? In the latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com , we write about our favorite middle-of-the-park lodges. The most challenging thing about these place… read more

Brockway Mountain Drive: Scenic & Historic

Posted on September 3rd, 2017
At MichiganTrailMaps.com we’re celebrating high places and great views of which both can be enjoyed from a series of ridges and treeless balds in the western Upper Peninsula. In this Trail Talk, guest blogger Eric Freedman writes about Brockway Mountain Drive and its long history as one of Michi… 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

Kids, Rain & Lakeshore Trail; What Could Be Better?

Posted on June 2nd, 2015
Ken Jacobsen is a nature photographer and a father. When he took his kids for a backpacking trip on the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and it was raining he thought he had a disaster on his hands. Hardly. In this Trail Talk blog he tell us why it was one of their best outings ever. You… read more

Wandering in The Garden of the Gods

Posted on December 10th, 2014
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 Michigan or the new, full… read more

If You Can Pedal In New York City, You Can Pedal Anywhere

Posted on November 14th, 2014
Our main Trail Talk blogger is back from New York City where he discovered the best way to see and experience Gotham City is on the seat of a two-wheeler. Just watch out for those taxi drivers! By Jim DuFresne In the middle of Manhattan I wanted to look up at all the skyscrapers surrounding me. Or to the lef… 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

Driving Father Jack’s Buick

Posted on November 8th, 2011
I’m driving a new car. No, let me re-phrase that; I’m driving a newer car. I picked up a Saturn Vue that is three-years old and has 43,000 miles on it. It’s high tech. For the first time I can use my IPod in my vehicle. It has remote start for those mornings when the windows are all frosted up and during… read more
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