Earlier this month, writer and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis completed 250 miles of her 1,000 mile walk around Lake Michigan. She began her adventure in March on Chicago’s Navy Pier and has walked south from Chicago, east across the entire Indiana coastline, and north up the coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to the city of Ludington.
“I’ve learned so much about the lake already,” Niewenhuis said, “and I can’t wait to get back to the shoreline. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.”
The outcome of the projected seven-month endeavor will be a book Niewenhuis proposes to be a “cross between Bill Bryson’s humorous and information-packed A Walk in the Woods and Elizabeth Gilbert’s self discovering Eat, Pray, Love.”
Niewenhuis also hopes to explore and discuss some of the pressing environmental issues facing the lake: invasive species, pollution, water usage issues, and the effects of climate warming on the lake.
With warmer weather, Niewenhuis hopes to be camping more. “Camping will allow me to further explore the lake and my connection to it,” she said.
Niewenhuis records the progress of the trek on her blog.
Personally, when I first heard about Niewenhuis endeavor, I was impressed. Walking 1,000 miles around the entirety of Lake Michigan is quite the feat. For the avid hiker, accomplishing an adventure of this nature is truly a thrilling experience. If you’re up for the challenge, make plans this summer to tackle one of those seemingly insurmountable treks you’ve had your eye on. Make the plans, get great gear, and go for it.