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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Danielle Horvath - June 15th, 2009
Water World:
Cruise the Dunes in the New Miner’s Castle

By Danielle Horvath 6/15/09

Almost everyone who lives or visits Northern Michigan makes a visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and many make the trek up the popular Dune Climb to take in the expansive views at the top. But not many have had the chance to see the “front door” of the massive shoreline. Beginning this summer, they will get that chance with a new boat cruise that will offer twice-daily trips along the coast from Frankfort to Empire, aboard the “Miner’s Castle,” a twin-diesel passenger vessel.
Capable of carrying over 100 people, the 17-mile round trip will last almost three hours and will include a historical narrative of the lakeshore, from its maritime roots to local lighthouses to several well-known shipwrecks in the area.

JUNE-OCTOBER
Based in Frankfort, the fledgling business is leasing dock space from the city and will offer cruises daily starting June 1 through Oct. 18. With an enclosed, heated cabin and open upper deck, the cruises will run rain or shine, lake conditions permitting. They are also leasing space for a ticket and gift shop in the old Firestone Building on Main Street. The vessel is being leased from the company that has offered a similar boat cruise along Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for the past 50 years.
“We had been looking at this beautiful shoreline for a while,” manager Molly Carmody explained. “And we felt this was the best area to have a successful venture.” If the initial support is any indication, it appears they may have a hit on their hands. “The response has been tremendous, people have been stopping by daily telling us what a great idea they think it is, how glad they are that we are investing in their community, asking what they can do to help, it’s more than we ever expected.”

RESERVATIONS
The Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruise can take reservations weeks or months in advance, or five minutes before the boat leaves the dock, depending on space available. Refreshments are available for purchase or passengers can bring their own. Alcohol is not allowed unless a large group has reserved the boat and has hired a caterer with a liquor license.
Reservations can be made online at www.sleepingbearcruise.com and on the phone at toll-free (888) 469-4696 or locally at (231) 352-8102. Adult fare runs $33, children 6-12 are $10 and under 5 are free. Group rates are also available; contact them for more detailed information. The ticket office is located at 827 Main St. just east of the Frankfort downtown district.








 
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