islands http://michiganradio.org en Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-lover-and-her-thousand-mile-adventures <p></p><p>After hiking some 2,000 miles around the Great Lakes, Loreen Niewenhuis is headed to the islands of the Great Lakes for another thousand-mile adventure of hiking, boating, kayaking, and bicycling.</p><p>First, she hiked completely around Lake Michigan, her "1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach." Then she decided to hike the shorelines of all five Great Lakes, another 1,000-mile adventure.</p><p>She has turned both of those into books.</p><p>Now she is working on her third journey: <a href="http://laketrek.blogspot.com/">A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island adventure</a>. This month, she'll be visiting Isle Royale to help out with wolf and moose research.</p><p>Niewenhuis&nbsp;joined Stateside today to talk about the environmental issue she observed on her island journeys and recount her amazing experiences, including searching for moose bones on Isle Royale and hiking Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview with Loreen above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:33:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 18020 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures The surprising history of one of Michigan's small island communities http://michiganradio.org/post/surprising-history-one-michigans-small-island-communities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We turn now to a little-known and absolutely fascinating slice of Michigan history: Beaver Island.</span></p><p>It's a fairly remote island, plunked right there in the middle of northern Lake Michigan. Take a ferry northwest from Charlevoix, and you're there.</p><p>Fewer than 500 people live on Beaver Island year-round. A lot of them are descendants from Irish fishermen who fled the famine and troubles in 19th-century Ireland, and wound up on Beaver Island.</p><p>That's part of the fascinating history of Beaver Island. Later, years after settlement, one Mormon on the island proclaimed himself "King" of Beaver Island!</p><p>But how did Irish emigrants find their way to this island in Lake Michigan? And who was the island’s self-proclaimed king?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:39:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 15660 at http://michiganradio.org The surprising history of one of Michigan's small island communities