Paddling Otsego’s chain lakes

Posted on June 29th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor to There’s a body of water in southern Otsego County where a long-running commercial comes to mind when exploring its far corners. You know the one, with a battery-powered bunny cruising around beating a drum? The pink rabbit with black…

Where the (maple) magic happens

Posted on April 8th, 2017
Out See Go By Chris Engle, contributor Two weeks ago I wrote about tapping maple trees for their crystal-clear sap that Ivan Witt turns into prized, golden maple syrup. The time for Ivan’s alchemy has arrived. He invited me out last weekend to the “sugar shack,” his backwoods l…

Tapping into springtime

Posted on March 16th, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor Songbirds whistled in the crowns of maple trees yesterday to the tune of cordless drills cutting holes into the trunks below. The morning’s labor marked the beginning of spring for Ivan Witt (pictured above), a maple-syrup maker who draws his raw material …

‘Tie One On’ to beat winter blues

Posted on March 1st, 2017
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By Chris Engle, contributor ***Please note: Due to poor road conditions, the ‘Tie One On’ event scheduled for the evening of March 2, has been canceled. The next event is still on for March 16. Any indication that spring is near has literally gone out the window – I’m lookin…

A fine day for an ice fishing derby

Posted on February 21st, 2017
Out See Go by Chris Engle, contributor Historically held on one of the worst weather weekends of the year, Saturday’s Youth Ice Fishing Derby instead came with sunshine and a sweet southerly breeze that carried with it 70 young anglers and their families ready to fish Otsego Lake. Feb. 18, 2…

What to know before fishing our frozen lakes

Posted on December 21st, 2016
Out, See, Go, by Chris Engle, contributor I had been planning to spend this month’s blog sharing some fishing and ice-safety advice before last weekend’s tragic news of the death of two local fishermen. Regrettably, in light of these terrible events, I feel I should open with a refresher in ice s…

How to have your own elk encounter

Posted on November 23rd, 2016
Out See Go, by Chris Engle, contributor My first run-in with a wild elk became a close call with an entire herd. I was snowmobiling with family through Montmorency County about 40 or 50 miles east of Gaylord when the lead sled came to a sudden halt. My uncle shut off his machine and lifted his helmet. I pul…

A man, a fish sandwich, and his gift to us

Posted on October 7th, 2016
Out See Go by Chris Engle, contributor Let’s start this story way back in 1962. That spring, with the season of Lent on the horizon, two businessmen were betting that sales of their hamburgers were about to take a hit. Catholics shun meat on Fridays during those 40 days before Easter and there were a l…

Fall’s mystery mushrooms

Posted on September 15th, 2016
Out See Go, by Chris Engle, contributor By the time I pulled into a faraway spot in the Gaylord Meijer parking lot and unbuckled my seat belt, another couple was already investigating the odd-looking fungi growing at the base of a small tree. “You guys came to see the mushrooms too, eh?” I…

Foraging forest fruits for food & fun

Posted on August 11th, 2016
Out See Go by Chris Engle, contributor Chelsea raised her eyebrows at me from the passenger seat as my head swiveled excitedly to the tree line passing in a blur outside the car window. “How can you even see the berries from here?” she asked. To be honest, it’s pretty hard to spot the blackberries…


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