Outdoor Report

Outdoors: Connecting Mason County with the Adirondacks

September 7, 2021

Outdoors: Connecting Mason County with the Adirondacks By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. How are Mason County and the famous eastern mountains related? Of course you can go by road- Interstate highways can zip you there at 70 mph. I-96, US23, I-80, I-90, and I-87 which at least has a tantalizing name- The Northway. And there you are in the…

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Outdoors: Blastomycosis- A Rare but Possible Threat to your Dog

July 30, 2021

Outdoors: Blastomycosis- A Rare but Possible Threat to your Dog By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. Barney was a happy outdoor-loving Michigan dog. He was only 4-years-old when he died of blastomycosis, leaving behind his grieving humans and a doggy sister.  Blastomycosis is a rare fungal infection that can affect mammals. Humans and cats are also susceptible, but dogs seem…

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Outdoors: Pentwater Historic Homes Walking Tour

July 11, 2021

Outdoors: Pentwater Historic Homes Walking Tour By Joan Young, MCP Contributing Writer. For years, the Village of Pentwater has had a brochure for a self-guided walking/bicycling (or driving) tour of 48 historic buildings. The booklet was updated in 2017, and now includes the relatively new Historical Society Museum, the former Baptist Church Building. Pentwater is not a large village geographically,…

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Outdoors: Free DNR site weekend is June 12, 13.

June 2, 2021

Outdoors: Free DNR site weekend is June 12, 13. By Joan Young The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that for Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, both residents and out-of-state visitors can fish, visit state parks and state-managed campgrounds and boating access sites, or ride Michigan’s off-road trails – all for free. Perhaps the most well-known local…

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Long distance hiker enjoys local stretch of North Country Trail.

May 13, 2021

Long distance hiker enjoys local stretch of North Country Trail. Outdoors by Joan Young Mary McKinley, trail name “Denali,” passed through Manistee, Mason, and Lake counties in early May on the North Country Trail. It used to be that very, very few people even knew the NCT existed. Now, the trail is hosting a handful of long-distance hikers each year.…

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