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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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My wild life

Mike Terrell - May 18th, 2009
My wild life
Mike Terrell 5/18/09

For the last 23 years many of you had followed my outdoor activities and resultant columns in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, but that came to an end in January when the paper lost its freelance budget for outdoor columnists. Daily newspapers are fighting for their very lives and having to cut budgets wherever they can.
It was disappointing. I was saddened by the fact that I never got to write a final column for all my loyal readers. In 23 years I had heard from many of you, especially when my wife Kathy passed away in 1997. I got hundreds of heartfelt responses, but I also heard from many over the years about how they enjoyed the columns, saved and used them. Some columns that readers showed me were from the late 1980s and early 1990s, yellowed and worn, but still being used.
The interaction with readers was one of the things I enjoyed most. Telling them of neat places to go outdoors, new areas to explore and new activities to try were also high on the list; plus I got to explore and enjoy new areas writing about them.

A NEW BEGINNING
The good news is that now you will be able to keep reading about all those things in Northern Express, and I’m looking forward to a long association with the paper. Maybe not 23 years, but who knows? I’m 66 years old, still enjoy getting outdoors and still enjoy writing about it. Over the years I’ve written for a lot of publications and outlets. My degree was in journalism, and it’s served me well.
In addition to now writing for the Northern Express, I’m currently the Midwest editor for OnTheSnow.com and Ski Press Magazine, regional editor – covering six regions around the country – for Mountaingetaway.com, and my articles appear annually in Cross Country Skier magazine. In past years I’ve been Midwest editor for all three ski magazines; SKI, Skiing and Snow Country when it was around. I’ve written articles for the Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Booth Newspapers, Michigan Golfer, Michigan Living and many other regional publications and newspapers over the years, as well as authoring two books on outdoor activities, and well over 1,000 columns for the Record-Eagle.

FOUR-SEASON PARADISE
It’s been a good life. I’ve seen lots of beautiful natural areas over the years from all over the country. But, I’m always glad to get back home. I think we live in one of the greatest areas of the country for outdoor activities. Although not widely publicized, this is one of the heartland’s top destinations for silent sports. It’s a four-season paradise for this kind of activity; hiking, cycling, paddling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, rafting or fly fishing to name just a few.
“Traverse City is kind of a boom area for these types of activities,” said Joel Patenaude, editor for Silent Sports Magazine, when I spoke with him last summer for another article. “It’s all there in one area, and participants tend to like to stay in one location multiple days for a variety of activities.” The Grand Traverse Region lends itself perfectly to that concept. Patenaude, of course, was alluding to visitors to the region, but as residents we enjoy it year round.
When I began writing for the Record-Eagle years ago I wondered how long I could keep coming up with fresh articles and ideas for outdoor activities and places to visit. Twenty three years later I’m still coming up with new places to visit, new trails to explore and new parcels of unexplored land keep opening up thanks to the Grand Traverse and Leelanau Land Conservancies. It’s like a never-ending smorgasbord, and I never tire of sampling its fare.
The trails that I’ve been cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on throughout the long, just-finished winter are many of the same trails I now hike and mountain bike with my three labs. Forest trails are surrounded by a carpet of wildflowers and trees with emerging leaves. It’s a great time of year to be out, especially after a long, hard winter; one of the longest that I can recall in 30 years of living up here. And, who knows? You may be lucky enough to find a few morel mushrooms, one of the area’s most prized springtime delicacies. That’s another article.

TRAIL OPTIONS
Mountain bikers are drawn to the VASA Single-Track off Supply Road, one of the Great Lakes’ regional premier mountain bike trails, and the newly opened Day Hill Trail at Arcadia Dunes in Benzie County near Upper Herring Lake. Both are excellent mountain biking trails with Day Hill being the more challenging. Of course, there are forest roads, dirt roads and numerous named trails throughout the region open to both hikers and mountain bikers, including much of the North Country Trial; the nation’s newest long distance trail.
Cyclists enjoy the many miles of lightly-traveled country roads throughout the area. Some hug the Lake Michigan shoreline offering panoramic views of the lakeside country. My favorite rides are the circle rides around some of the region’s large, beautiful inland lakes: Torch Lake, Lake Leelanau, Long Lake, Crystal Lake and Glen Lake. Add in the Rail-To-Trail routes like TART; the White Pine, which runs from Cadillac down to Big Rapids and south; Little Traverse Wheelway, hugging the Lake Michigan shoreline from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs; the North Central State Trail, which runs from Gaylord to Cheboygan and Mackinaw City; the Betsie Valley Trail, which runs from Thompsonville to Frankfort, and you have a huge variety of scenic routes from which to choose.

PADDLE DESTINATIONS
Paddlers are drawn to the regions many choice rivers, lakes and bays. Some of the area’s smaller lakes – Pearl Lake, Lake Dubonet, Brown Bridge Pond – offer intimate glimpses of sandhill cranes, loons, ospreys and eagles as part of a hushed, almost reverent experience, and deer can often be spotted along the water’s edge. Rivers flow through large tracts of uninhabited forest, which just adds to the quiet serenity of a river trip.
We even have a little bit of whitewater for those looking for an adrenaline rush. The Boardman River’s Beitner Rapids, located just south of town, is a short stretch of pretty straightforward but exciting rapids that will definitely increase your heart rate; not recommended for novice paddlers. It’s the Lower Peninsula’s only true rapids.
For those that like to toss a line, Northern Michigan has long been considered one of the best places in the Lower 48 to indulge in the exquisitely silent sport of fly fishing, which has often been called the “Sport of Kings.” In 2008, Field & Stream named Traverse City one of “America’s Best Fishing Towns.” Within an hour of the city limits, anglers can find miles of blue-ribbon trout streams like the Boardman, Manistee, AuSable and Pere Marquette rivers.
It’s not hard to see why Patenaude names Traverse City as a leading silent sports destination in the Great Lakes region. We just don’t want to shout about it. I look forward to bringing you many more Northern Express articles on the numerous opportunities that abound in our area. It’s my passion, and I enjoy telling you about it.

 
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