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Exploring the Cold Coast

The North Coast, the Fresh Coast, the Unsalted Coast, the Cold Coast — our Great Lakes go by many names, inspired by their unique beauty and grandeur. Located along America’s northern mid-eastern Canadian border and consisting of five distinct lakes (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario), the Great Lakes are …

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Winter Wonderland

Ah, January in Michigan. Settling into the snowy season, lacing up winter boots and layering up against bitter winds, heading out for adventure. Michigan is truly a winter wonderland, and a whole new playground opens up as familiar places turn magical. Michigan is home to a variety of trails, perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, …

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The Big Lake Original

Welcome to Watercolor Wednesdays! For today’s post, I wanted to share a bit of my origins with The Big Lake and share some of the original pieces that started everything and made the foundations for this very post. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, The Big Lake is my art business, my Etsy shop, my Great Lakes passion expressed through watercolor . . . (click to read full post)

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Michigan Winter

Welcome to the first installment of Michigan Mondays! To start things off, and in the spirit of early January, I’d like to share some recent and favorite snowy scenes from some of our backyard adventures. Each week…(click to continue reading)

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Big Lake Updates

Welcome to The Big Lake!

With the fresh energy of the New Year upon us, John and I have been busy making plans for 2018: adventures/micro-adventures, projects, races, and personal & business goals, to name a few. Over here at The Big Lake, I’m excited about welcoming you to my new + improved blog, where I’ll be writing more about life Up North, sharing our Great Lakes adventures, and diving into some new, fun, and favorite projects for my shop. (…click to read more)

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Cold Water

If more people spent a quiet hour along a river, listening to the currents run and break and bubble over rocks and washed-down tree limbs and branches, and reaching in, feeling the cold streams icy on fingers and toes, I believe we, collectively, would treat our water, trees, land, and selves, better…(click to read more)

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