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Piers Gorge Hiking Trail

Piers Gorge Hiking Trail The Piers Gorge hiking trail is short, only about a mile and a half, making for a 3 mile out and back hike. Piers Gorge, located on the Michigan-Wisconsin border, is formed by the Menominee River. The name is derived from the waterfalls that jut out across the river like “piers”.  The river drops about 20 feet over the course of the four waterfalls. The gorge walls are nearly 100 feet tall in some places.  The largest drop is Mischicot Falls and is about 8-10 feet depending on water levels.  While only about a half mile in length, the Class IV section of Piers Gorge is a popular white water rafting destination. The last pier that you will encounter is Sand Portage.  A 5-foot drop and about a mile upstream from Mischicot Falls. However, the trail doesn’t provide a view and degrades into a less traveled…

Cycling

Castelli Lightness 2 Glove Review

The Castelli Lightness 2 glove is a lightweight glove intended for those days when winter gloves are too warm and half-finger gloves are too cold. I live and ride in Northern Michigan, so this glove is indispensable as our weather…

Stages Dash L50 Long Term Review

The Stages Dash L50 is a Feature Rich Cycling Computer The Stages Dash L50 offers GPS mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, heart rate, power, and of course all of the expected speed, distance, and cadence functions. It also features a bright and…

Searching For the Perfect Mountain Bike Grip

  Handlebar grips serve two main functions: comfort and control. Both functions are closely related to each other. A well-designed handlebar grip provides sufficient friction to prevent your hand from slipping.  The surface should also allow for easy changes in…

Backpacking

Kayaking

Beaver Island Water Trail

  Beaver Island is an amazing sea kayak destination. With the addition of the new Beaver Island Water Trail, it just gets better! It’s rather special to me since it is where I had my first sea kayak lessons. Being…

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI…

travel

Electric Options for Van Campers

Learn about electric options for van campers for part-time and full-time van life explained in simple, easy to understand terms. When traveling or camping in your minivan, you will almost certainly need some sort of electricity supply. Cell phones, cameras,…

Honda Odyssey Camper Van Conversion

Minivan Camper Conversion For some time now I’ve been wanting to travel out west. For this I wanted a vehicle that would allow me to sleep inside, carry a variety of outdoor equipment, camera gear, and get decent gas mileage.…
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