Pack Your Bags, We’re Heading To Summer Camp!

Pack Your Bags, We're Headed To Summer Camp! - The Awesome Mitten

Pack your bags, adolescent shyness, and awkward teen years! Time to make memories; we are heading to summer camp! Michigan is known for being a great outdoor state. Therefore, summer camp is a tradition and highlight for many. Summer camps have grown far beyond the traditional outdoor activities of hiking, kayaking, and singing around the campfire. Now, many include […]

Mama Bear and Her Cubs: The Story of Sleeping Bear

Long ago, a mother bear and her two cubs were living in the forest along the shore where Lake Michigan meets Wisconsin. One night, a raging forest fire broke out, driving the bears to the lakeshore. In order to escape the flames, the mother bear and her two cubs jumped into the lake and headed […]

Stellar Views Near Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

If you’ve been to Leelanau County in Northern Michigan and haven’t taken in one of its majestic views, you’re doing it wrong. Do yourself a favor and get to the nearest bluff, overlook, dune, or beach along the crystal blue Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Before you look west, though, prepare to pinch yourself. 1. Sleeping […]

Survivor in Michigan: North Manitou Island

North Manitou - The Awesome Mitten

I am not what most people would consider outdoorsy. I can’t start a fire without a gallon of lighter fluid and have a great fondness for indoor plumbing. But, three years after my first ever camping trip, I recently found myself with 25 pounds of gear strapped to my back and aboard a ferry to […]

Manitou Island Transit

The Awesome Mitten - Manitou Island Transit

My favorite part of our mitten state are the Great Lakes and all the other bodies of water Michigan is blessed with.  Scattered throughout these beautiful lakes are several islands and peninsulas of all shapes and sizes. Two such islands, located just off of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, are the South and North Manitou islands. In […]

Favorite Outdoor Places In Michigan – Moosejaw

Last week we did a fun little contest with Moosejaw where we asked you to tell us your favorite outdoor spot in Michigan. Below are some of your entries! “My favorite spot is sitting at the top of the log slide in Grand Marias looking right toward the pictured rocks lake shore, left toward the […]