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In her walk, Loreen Niewenhuis accomplished what many of us have only daydreamed about. Her adventure is told with verve and boldness, and she is a clear-eyed observer of the lake and its beautiful and sometimes ravaged shore. This book is a welcome addition to the literature of the Great Lakes. --Jerry Dennis, author, The Living Great Lakes

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This is the account of my 1000-mile hike around Lake Michigan.  It was quite an adventure!  I love the lake and this was my experience getting to know it, to encircle it on foot, to record it in my muscles and bones. 

The model for my book was Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, so if you enjoyed that read, you'll love A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach.

I hope you learn more about the Great Lakes as you read the book.  I certainly learned a lot while researching and writing the book as well as along the hike itself.  And I hope it inspires you to take on an adventure of your own. 

All the best to you!
-Loreen Niewenhuis

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Crickhollow Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933987154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933987156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A NOTE FROM LOREEN NIEWENHUIS, AUTHOR AND ADVENTURER: "I so appreciate you checking out my books on Amazon.com, but I encourage you to purchase my work from your local independent bookstore. I believe that independent bookstores are vital to our communities and to keeping literature rich and varied and alive.

If you're not sure where your closest indie bookstore is located, go here:

http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder

"Thank you!"

Loreen Niewenhuis grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. She pursued a life of science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and a bone marrow transplant group.

While taking a break from this work to raise her sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her MFA from Spalding University. In 2009, her short story collection, SCAR TISSUE, was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award.

In 2009 she decided to explore Lake Michigan fully by walking around it. The fascinating account of her journey, A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH: ONE WOMAN'S TREK OF THE PERIMETER OF LAKE MICHIGAN, was released in 2011 by Crickhollow Books. The book spent several weeks on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List in 2011 and won "Best Non-Fiction Beach Read" in 2012.

Loreen's novella, ATLANTA, was released in June 2011 by Main Street Rag Publishing.

In 2012, Loreen took another long walk, this time a 1000-mile hike touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure -- and about the geology, hydrology and ecology of the Great Lakes -- will be released in June of 2013. It is called: A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK.

Learn more about her and her work at: http://LakeTrek.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Weaver on February 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Open the pages of NIEWENHUIS' book and you'll step onto the shores of Lake Michigan. Her adventure is a great inspiration and she is a good role model to those of us who (at any age) dare to dream and dare to act on those dreams. Reading this book made ME feel stronger and more independent! And, in addition to sharing her walk, the author includes facts about the lake (history, geology, environment) that enrich the reading. You don't have to live in Michigan to appreciate this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zinta Aistars on September 21, 2011
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Lake Michigan is a short drive from where I live, and I, too, like the author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, have grown up on or near the beaches of Lake Michigan. Yet, inexplicably, I have never connected to it nearly the way Loreen Niewenhuis has or many others who live around me. For me, it's another of Michigan's Great Lakes--Lake Superior. Now that's a lake!

Okay, but I do get it. I get the connection between woman and water, and I absolutely understand the drive to have the adventure. Niewenhuis has an itch to take a very long walk around the lake she loves, to get to know it intimately, and also to test herself in the process. She is a woman in midlife, a wife and mother of two teenage sons. Good for her!

Her 2009 journey begins in Chicago, at the bottom curve of Lake Michigan, and heading northeast and around. Niewenhuis accomplishes her walk in segments, so that the entire journey takes from March to September. Indeed, this may be a bit of a disappointment for those who would want to see her stay close to the lake day in and day out, night and day, from beginning to end. Nor is this a solitary venture. While she does most of the walk on her own, much of the story is about walking with others--friends, her sons (albeit these mother-son segments are often touching), her brother.

Admittedly, I was a tad disappointed when I learned that she would regularly sleep in motels and B&Bs, or be picked up in a car and brought home for a break between walks. At the same time, this is what makes the walk a concept that most anyone can embrace. Such a walk will get you in shape--and she does train for it--but you don't have to be a world-class athlete to do it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on May 3, 2011
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I was a little let down by the book. I expected something more insightful. Granted it is a remarkable trek even though it's often with her brother, or sons, or girlfriends. She's transported back and forth to Battle Creek, her hometown, stays in nice B&B's, is driven around rough spots, makes sure to contact news outlets as her sojourn progresses and ends up saying things like: "After 350 miles of hiking on sand and dunes and roads and rock, my backside had become noticeably firmed and toned." Kind of lightweight. I wondered about the intimacy with the lake - where were the insights?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly O'donnell on March 15, 2011
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Prepare to be awed by Loreen Neiwenhuis' epic journey around Lake Michigan. Feeling like many of us mothers do, she sets off on an adventure of her own making, combining the physical challenge of walking 1000 miles with the emotional one of doing it in near solitude. And it all happens around the body of water she clearly loves and loves to educate about, Lake Michigan. Mandatory reading for Great Lakes residents, women of a certain age who need inspiration to undertake their own journeys, and anyone who appreciates the value of clean fresh water and wants to better understand it's precarious state in our world today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on May 12, 2013
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Two books. Both blue in color, both with the author and Great Lakes in the background. And I...I took the road more traveled by (this book has far more reviews!). But my review is of the other (similar) title, a 1000 mile great lakes walk. Loved the book and this review is actually of that title. Review follows.

Loreen Niewenhuis begins her description of a thousand mile journey by noting that she divorced her husband before she began to walk. At that point, I almost stopped reading the book. I thought one Wild was plenty. A whole new hiking genre of people getting over their former relationships on the trail seems a bit much. I didn't want to read another "I found redemption on the trail" book. Happily, the first two pages is where the comparison to the still very popular "Wild" ends, and despite the fact that Strayed got more publicity, this little volume by Niewenhuis is by far the better book. The author's true love is the Great Lakes region, and it shows on every page.

As trail literature goes, this slim volume has surprisingly little actual detail about the hike. Yes, at times the author was hot. She was also concerned about the possibility of being stranded on Manitoba Island as the winds picked up and made a ferry crossing unlikely. But this book is really an exploration of the Great Lakes and their history and the hike is simply the vehicle for presenting the fascinating stories of Tecumseh, Nicola Tesla, the salmon who have overcome significant environmental hazzards to become nearly self sufficient in the lakes.
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