Michigan Woman Takes a Reeeally Long Walk on the Beach

Now available, our newest Crickhollow Books title!

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach:
One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
by Loreen Niewenhuis
(Crickhollow Books, March 2011)

In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. This book chronicles that journey, a 1,000-mile walk around the world’s fifth-largest lake.

It’s a fun and engaging book, especially for folks fond of lakes and taking long hikes around them. This book follows the Lake Michigan lakeshore, keeping close to the waterline – passing through the familiar state parks and past famous lighthouses to also explore lesser-known, wilder stretches – looking at the geology and environmental issues of Lake Michigan from a ground-level perspective.

But the reason I was thrilled to publish this book was because of the personal appeal to me of its concept: the decision to take on the physical and emotional challenge to take a marathon hike, be mostly alone, and explore a place in real depth.

As the author said: “I didn’t want a mid-life crisis, I wanted a mid-life adventure!”

As a woman, wife, mother of two sons (who joined her for portions of the walk), the book is really a tale of a woman deciding to strike out on her own and discover as much about her own nature as the nature of the places she walked through.

I’ve always enjoyed tales of outdoor adventure and personal challenges (I was inspired by the same books Niewenhuis was, like Colin Fletcher’s The Man Who Walked Through Time, about a long hike through the Grand Canyon). Such books make us realize how we humans fit into world we live in. We discover so much more, such depth and complexity, about the favorite places we visit, perhaps even have come to love . . . when we spend a longer time with them.

Here’s more on the background of Niewenhuis’s long hike around Lake Michigan.

In the first hint of a March spring thaw, Loreen took her first steps south from Chicago’s Navy Pier, and, with brief breaks between segments, returned in September to the same spot from the north. In 64 days of determined walking, averaging 16 miles a days (daily hikes ranged from 5 to 25 miles), she “encircled the lake with my footsteps.”

To order the book, ask for it at your favorite bookstore (if it’s not on the shelf, they can special order it through normal book wholesalers), or order A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach online today.

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