1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk Released

Niewenhuis at Brilliant Books, an indie bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk:
One Woman’s Trek
Along the Shorelines
of All Five Great Lakes

by Loreen Niewenhuis

It’s official!

Loreen Niewenhuis’s second book, tracing another long hike, is out and available everywhere that great books are sold!

In her first book (A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach), Loreen Niewenhuis, writer and long-distance walker, undertook a grand circle tour on foot around Lake Michigan, starting and ending in Chicago.

In her new book, she walks selected portions of all five Great Lakes: Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior, and Ontario. Along the way, she explores the history, ecology, and everyday lives of communities and individuals she encounters on the way, all connected by this great ecosystem that holds a fifth of Earth’s surface freshwater.

In her accessible, friendly voice, she looks at the lakes from the ground level, moving effortlessly from discussions of serious environmental problems to the pleasures of a nice meal at a cozy cafe with a lakefront view to the humor of getting drenched in a sudden downpour. It’s an affectionate portrait of the region, with a subtle suggestion that we too might want to explore the parts of it we often overlook or drive speedily by without pausing to look at the complex microcosms of place.

As a bookstore owner wrote about her first book: “With sensitivity and humor, Loreen’s writings give a gentle message to the reader to care for the great natural resource we have here.” – Black River Books, South Haven, Michigan

Niewenhuis encourages all of us to get outdoors and find a fresh path that gets us our juices going and renews that childlike sense of exploration.

As a review that just appeared in Midwest Book Review said about her newest book:

For a wonderful, mind-and soul-enlarging experience, read A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk.

It may inspire you to choose your own adventure. . . .

That’s the takeaway from this story of a woman overcome by an irresistable urge to walk on the beach.

What’s your beach?

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, by Loreen Niewenhuis

To see Loreen Niewenhuis at one of her many scheduled appearances around the region, visit her Lake Trek site.

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk:
One Woman’s Trek Along the Shorelines
of All Five Great Lakes

by Loreen Niewenhuis
Crickhollow Books • June 1, 2013
Trade Softcover, 208 pages, $16.95
Travel Narrative / Women’s Adventure / Walking

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