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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: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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"A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach" concerns authoress Loreen Niewenhuis' counter-clockwise hike around Lake Michigan in 2009. The (Chicago to Chicago) journey was well-planned in advance, with maps, GPS locations, strategic hotel reservations and meet ups with friends and family members. Purists might carp at the "help" Niewenhuis received but the view from this observer is "more power to the lady".

This reviewer had expected to read of a pleasant hike along pristine beaches in a land of sky blue water. While there is some of that, the authoress also faced many obstacles. Several power plants blocked her path, as did rock formations, inlets, wetlands and more. Niewenhuis had to divert to paved roads more than once, with no practical alternatives. The authoress also had to scramble over some serious rocky sections. She even camped out in a thunderstorm!
Although they may not an "obstacle" per se, the text makes it crystal clear that we have parts of this inland sea that are considerably polluted, with the ecosystems out of balance "probably since the mid-1800s". Some of the authoress' other observations include: "Some of the fish that populated the Great Lakes are now extinct...And there is no way to eradicate the invasive species that have invaded the Great Lakes".

None of the foregoing detracts from a pleasant and interesting tale. The only peeve this reader had was with the absence of MAPS! That one on the back cover doesn't count! In such a geographically-centered story, these are critical. The publisher made a major omission here. Such is an all too common occurrence in far too many publications. This reader had to turn to a Rand McNally Atlas to follow the action! Hopefully, future printings will rectify this defect. "A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach" remains a winner. Folks living in the Upper Midwest should pounce. And as previous reviewer Weaver stated, "You don't have to live in Michigan to appreciate this book".
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