Catching the colors of summer

Posted on June 23rd, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor Spring officially ended this week but ask just about anyone who lives and fishes here and they’ll tell you summer kicked off sometime in May when temps went above 60 for a few consecutive days. I’ve spent the last month telling my out-of-state frien…

Hello, high water!

Posted on May 25th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor These are the evenings I dream of all year – especially back in mid April as I begrudgingly dug myself out of a late-winter snowstorm along with everyone else in Gaylord. It was that historic snowfall of 30-some inches in one weekend which has helped make the com…

Sandals in the Snow

Posted on May 5th, 2018
By Christy Walcott There’s just something about spring that’s hard to explain.  With the first warm day, whether it occurs in early March or holds off until late April, you feel your senses awaken.  The crisp, pure winter air is replaced with all the scents you’d forgotten – damp

With Old Man Winter out, fishing & fun just around the corner

Posted on April 20th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor Nearly five weeks have passed since the March 15 deadline when anglers had to pull their shanties off local lakes. On any normal year, that date would signal the end of winter and start the countdown to warmer days and open water. 2018 is not a normal year. The shack…

Valentine’s Day Trifecta – Snowshoes, the Spa and Squid

Posted on February 2nd, 2018
Although I tend to prefer nontraditional or more personalized date options, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I want to do it up right!  I’m talking roses, candlelit dinners and the type of gift that comes in a perfectly wrapped and ribbon adorned box.  This holiday brings out the bes…

I’m sensing a pattern here

Posted on January 12th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor The beauty of days like today, when ice and wind has battered my ambitions and frozen my garage doors shut, is knowing that I took advantage of the better days when they were here. My sanity relies on fishing once a week and walking in the woods at least every other da…

Exploring Pigeon Forest is child’s play for KOO

Posted on November 13th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor All outdoor adventurers start somewhere. For Kids Outdoors Otsego (KOO), here and now works just fine. KOO – pronounced “coo” by its fans – is the brainchild of Sam Cornelius and Nancie Kersey, longtime friends and colleagues in education. They forme…

Otsego Club Skiing Opens to the Public

Posted on November 9th, 2017
Gaylord, MI–Since 1939, Otsego Club in Gaylord, MI, has made its name as a private ski facility with an historic and beautiful resort. Otsego Club is pleased to announce that this once-private club is now open to the public! Otsego Club has the exceptional ability to combine the historical el…

Kids’ hike and colors at Sturgeon River Preserve

Posted on September 20th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor I’ve written about the Sturgeon River Preserve before but it’s always worth revisiting this time of year, when fall colors stretch all the way from the dense canopy to the musty forest floor there. It’s the vividly colored fungi that get mos…

Finding the Pigeon Forest’s emerald gem

Posted on September 6th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor I had doubts last week whether Paige would make it all the way to our destination within the Pigeon River Country State Forest without me carrying her at some point. I also wondered if she should be wearing her new shoes for kindergarten, but they were the only ones…

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