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A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach - One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan Paperback – March 1, 2011
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From the Author
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!
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up on an apple farm a mile from Lake Michigan and Loreen Niewenhuis may have walked across the corner of our family farm. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dennis
Engaging, enjoyable, and ultimately inspirational. I am so glad I read this, and will recommend it to friends and family. I understand the love affair with this lake.Published 1 month ago by Charlotte
I liked this read, but wanted to know more about her hike and less about the detailed pollution of the lake. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shari
I loved this book. She wrote it so well that I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to keep reading it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tweetybird
The three books Loreen Niewenhuis has written on her Great Lakes adventures are enjoyable, interesting and educational. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mackinaw512
When I read this book, all I could think of was thank goodness for the Sierra Club in California and all it's "meddling into CA environmental affairs". Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ninepipe
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and could relate to many of the locations the author described.Published 18 months ago by Mary E. Sklenar