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14 Wavelengths
Whether you stargaze, pick berries, appreciate nature or love to
explore, Michigan’s summer season has it all.

16 Letters and Contributors FULL TEXT

36 Vintage Views
Enthusiasm for “agritourism” began more than 100 years ago,
as travelers and others came to know the Michigan Fruit Belt.

41 Undercurrents
The death toll for Great Lakes paddlers has been climbing,
and U.S. Coast Guard officials are concerned

73 Michigan's top 5
Cycling is a great way to see the countryside.
Here are five great rides families can enjoy.

88 Reflections
Lake Superior is young, but it is changing day by day,
eon by eon.

20 Waterways
Wild berries, outdoor lounging, freshwater springs, wacky food
festivals, Mitten-centric recipes and state parks.


32 State of Mine
Collecting beach stones is like crafting a life: decisions are
needed about what to keep or jettison.

34 At the helm
Young crewmembers are an important part of these
Mackinac sailboat race teams.



38 The Sporting life
Ann Miller founded Flygirls of Michigan so women
could learn to fly fish from women.

63 Excursions
Tour Detroit’s Indian Village; gather with Michigan “Makers”;
enjoy a maritime festival at Thunder Bay; view the Soo locks
and Coast Guard Station; groove to music on Beaver Island.

The Sovengard brought Scandinavia to Grand Rapids
and brightened its dynamic restaurant scene.

Angela Macke put down roots in nursing and tilled the field
of alternative health before she decided to become an
organic tea farmer.

44 Oh, starry night
Star-filled skies have long inspired artists, poets and others who
are captivated by their beauty. Michigan now has seven
designated dark sky parks and preserves.

50 A family legacy
At 91, Chris Smith continues to carry on the wood boat-building
legacy started by his grandfather, Christopher Columbus Smith,
founder of Chris-Craft Boats.


54 Naturally beautiful refuges
Plan a summer trip to one of Michigan’s national wildlife refuges,
where visitors can enjoy nature while touring by auto, bicycle,
canoe, kayak or foot.

Great Lake Story