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[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 67 views]
CORN MOON

Be careful not to live with your head down. You will miss the glory and wonder of the sky.
I aimed my Jeep west in the pre-dawn light this morning eager to start my preparation for a new series on Heaven–the Eternal State–The New Heavens and the New Earth–The Eternal Kingdom of God. I am calling the series The Ultimate Universe. It seemed appropriate with ultimate things on my heart to see at mid-point in the western sky a hazy full moon glowing yellow.
Last night the waxing moon rose …

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[27 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 138 views]
North_Manitou_Island

When we planned the North Manitou trip we planned only as much hiking as it would require to get to the west side of the island. Kyle and Chuk and I had such fond memories of it from our trip in 2001. None of us remembered the hike being difficult. We remembered the trail wide and level and easy—almost boring. When we were there last we hiked it fast. We were eager to make camp and enjoy a long stretch of very sandy, very beautiful, very private beach. We planned …

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[26 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 121 views]
Maranatha

Our trip to the Manitous will live for years as an unforgettable family tale, perhaps more so because it did not go at all as planned. While preparing for the trip, knowing that Kyle Kenneth, our oldest “grandbuddie,” would be with us, I thought of telling the great legend of the Sleeping Bear (you can Google that if you are the curious sort). Instead I wanted to tell impactful, true stories that would stir the hearts of the guys to live for Christ and make Him known.
Down the west coast …

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[25 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 268 views]
porcupine

You can’t build a campfire in the North Manitou Island backcountry. Fires are only allowed in the small village camping area near the dock on the east side of the island.
Our first night on the island we were determined to get to the west side and compensate for the campfire restriction with a beautiful sunset and some pour-over coffee prepared by Kyle on his Jet-Boil stove.
I looked forward to the trip and prepared stories for the waning moments of day like this. Things had not gone as I expected but …

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[24 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 138 views]
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The morning of July 7th I woke eager for the week to begin. I taught the membership class in my study and then preached. When I finished I had lunch with the girls and then aimed my Jeep toward Grand Rapids. Chuk and Wes had left the night before. We would all meet in Grand Rapids, spend then night, and head north for a three day backpacking and hiking trip to North Maniou Island.
We ended the day together gathered at a big round table at Famous Dave’s BBQ. A platter …

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[23 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 179 views]
BBQ Manventure

We were determined to get to the dock in time to meet the ferry back to Leland. We were all dreaming of hot coffee, hot food, hot showers, soft beds and flush toilets. None of us wanted to be on the Island another hour. Our adventure had melted down because of an injury. It became a matter of survival. We all knew North Manitou Island would be a good memory, but right now we were ready for civilization.
We spent all day slowly limping around the north end of the island …

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[22 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 142 views]
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Early in July Kyle, Little Kyle Kenneth, Chuck, Dan, Wes, and I ventured out to North Manitou Island for a backpacking trip. North Manitou Island is a 11 miles out into Lake Michigan off the Lelanau Peninsula. The Lelanau Peninsula is the pinky of Michigan.
Monday was a difficult day but that’s a story for another time. Tuesday we spent the day making our way around the north end of the island. We hiked from Crescent City around to the eastern shore by dark. It was a difficult day. …

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[11 Jul 2013 | Comments Off | 147 views]
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A Classic Re-post from 2004

I have always loved Canada Geese. I think they are beautiful birds. I love to stand outside on a cool autumn evening and listen to them honk by low overhead. I love to see their silhouette pass before an autumn moon. I’m not sure geese feel the same way about me.
A few weeks ago we were in the Upper Pennensula at our Northwoods Conference Center. Every morning I ran the four-mile route around the lake. I always kept alert for …

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[10 Jul 2013 | Comments Off | 134 views]
Manitou Map

A Classic Re-post from 2002
If all has gone well we will be completing our 2013 North Manitou Manly Man Revival by the time you read this and we will be heading back downstate with stories to tell.

A few weeks ago I noticed that half of my son’ summer college break was over. Sitting on the floor of his room one night I said, “Let’s plan a trip this summer to hike and camp on North Manitou Island.” His eyes lit up. “Mike Oatis has done the …

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[6 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 46 views]

A Classic Re-post from 2009
To portage and to paddle thorough the Canadian wilderness is incredibly beautiful and rigorous. If you haven’t tried it you really should, just because there are some beautiful places that you have to paddle for many miles to reach. Having paddled and carried your canoe and food and tent and gear to those places somehow makes them even more beautiful and more enjoyable. O how sweet is the sleep I have enjoyed on a bed of pine needles, on a rocky point, in a pristine Canadian …