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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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New Feast

Torches Calories, Too

Mike Terrell - January 27th, 2014  

Food lovers who also cross country ski, take note. For two Saturdays in February, Treetops Resort and Spa in Gaylord is hosting its inaugural Skiable Feast.

The progressive ski/meal, held on Feb. 1 and 15 beginning at 11am, features a four kilometer tracked trail through rolling hills and pine forests along the Pigeon River on the resort’s property.

Stops along the way include an old bridge shelter and a couple of vintage cabins, where skiers will sample gourmet goodies prepared by Treetops’ culinary team.

Novices and experienced cross-country skiers will cruise at their own pace through Project Nature, an area that once held an outdoor zoo with exotic animals back in the early 1980s.

Project Nature fell on economic hard times, and Treetops, then owned by Harry Melling, purchased the remote tract of undeveloped acreage. Elk and deer have been spotted in the area and bobcat tracks have been seen along the river.

The cost of the event is $79 per person, which includes trail pass, transportation and five food stations paired with Michigan beers and wines. The Nordic Center in the Jones Pro Shop is the meeting place and first food station. There are assorted miniquiches and a Greek yogurt bar with lots of flavors to start.

Next, skiers will be bused to Project Nature, embarking on the trail from the Old Bridge shelter after sampling pastry treats and fruit kabobs.

A kilometer later, skiers will enjoy venison or white bean chicken chili and grilled vegetable and beef kabobs brushed with a house-made bourbon glaze.

The longest section is about three kilometers and meanders to a wilderness cabin near a pond. Organizers say this section is best for viewing wildlife. Pan fried cod sliders topped with coleslaw and tarragon tartar sauce will be served by an open fire.

A final half-kilometer ski takes skiers back to a bus, which circles back to the Nordic Center and the final food station. There, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served for skiers who want to unwind one final time.

For those who would like to stay overnight, Treetops has a package that includes a night’s lodging, breakfast, and feast. It starts from $146 per person, based on double occupancy.

The Skiable Feast is scheduled for two Saturdays in February: the 1st and the 15th. The feast starts at 11am and costs $79 per person. For more information, call Treetops Resort and Spa at (866) 348-5249.

 
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