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A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan (A 1,000 MILE ADVENTURE #1)

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In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. This book chronicles that journey, a 1,000-mile walk around the world's fifth-largest lake. The book explores both the geology of the lake and the measure of a person--a woman, married, mother of two sons (who joined her for portions of the walk). But most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discover ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Crickhollow Books (first published December 20th 2010)
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Jan 18, 2011 Kerri rated it really liked it
I was curious about this book because of the idea of taking on a challenge of walking all the way around Lake Michigan, which I live close to, and because I wanted to see what new things I could learn about the lake and about the process of the journey as a whole. "A 1000 Mile Walk..." was an enjoyable book and I did learn so much more about the lake, especially in regards to the environmental impacts that we have had on it. I also liked the casual style in which the author wrote; it made me fee ...more
Mar 19, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, audiobook, audible
I liked the book quite a lot as a travel narrative, and the author does a good job narrating her own work. My issue was that I found her a bit of a downer regarding the ecological problems of the lake, which are well known, and being addressed; still, I'd definitely recommend the book to those who feel the topic might be of interest.
Mar 24, 2012 Joan rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, michigan
Loreen Niewenhuis, a Michigan housewife and mother of two teen boys, decided at age 45 to hike the entire shore of Lake Michigan. She wanted to challenge herself physically, emotionally and mentally. To take on something that could be completed, as opposed to household chores that never ended.

Over the winter, Niewenhuis jogged and trained to build her stamina, and she studied maps and satellite images of the lake to plan segments of the Lake Trek, which she wanted to walk over four seasons. Nie
Theresa Rugel
Feb 18, 2011 Theresa Rugel rated it it was amazing
If you have ever spent a day on the beach at any of the Great Lakes, you know the appeal that these great bodies of water have on your soul. They are beautiful, ever changing, expansive and filled with mystery.

In 2009 Loreen Niewenhuis pursued her life long love of Lake Michigan by walking around the perimeter of this Great Lake. Following the lake's edge wherever possible, her journey spanned from March through September. She found herself tested physically and mentally by trekking 1,019 miles
Linda Robinson
Jan 30, 2011 Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I started this book on the 4th of July, and I finished it on the 4th of July. Independence indeed! I enjoyed Niewenhuis' solitary walk so much. The months of preparation are left where those months belong: behind. We walk, jog, splash, climb, freeze and sweat along with this extraordinary woman on her Lake Trek. It was terrific to have the map of segments on the back to keep track of where she was, and to commit to memory the spots I want to visit. This is a calm book for such a heroic ...more
May 07, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Sometimes when a person writes about their own adventure the writing is stilted or dull. Not Loreen! She's a writer at the core who just happened to decide to walk around Lake Michigan. All of it. Yes she did it in segments, but she hiked long miles day after day and when you read the book you get to come along with her - minus your own blisters. I didn't want it to end. She made me laugh out loud with her bear stories, and cry with her at the end. If you have an adventurous b ...more
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Feb 01, 2011 + Dragonfly+ rated it it was amazing
Thank You Goodreads, I won this book from first reads. I love to read about lakes. I found this book to be fascinating, captivating and makes me want to go for a long walk too. What a great idea to walk all along Lake Michigan! The author put in so many details that my feet hurt just reading all she went through. Also loved the fact that she loves The Lake, so she didn't care about all the pain etc. Just being near the lake and all the many people she met along the way, made her happy. Great boo ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I see Loreen Niewenhuis as an eco-feminist --- she's a strong role model for women of all ages to get out there and challenge ourselves, dare ourselves to live our dreams, whatever they may be. And she knows everything about Lake Michigan. It's evident in all the facts she shares about its history and environment, as she writes about her experiences along those 1,000 miles. This is the real thing, because she cares about the lake. You don't have to live in Michigan to appreciate this book!
The book's strong point lies in highlighting the lake's ecological problems (but without really going into depth about their scope or remediation.) For a travel book, however, it seemed rather bloodless. She talked about her love of Lake Michigan, but didn't inspire others to agree. As I read the section covering my former haunts it was hard to believe we were thinking of the same place. Not that it was inaccurate, just more like miles clicking by.
Sue Jackson
Jan 17, 2017 Sue Jackson rated it liked it
As someone who walks often and lives in Michigan, this seemed like the perfect book to pick up. Loreen Niewenhuis makes it her goal to walk around lake Michigan starting and ending in Chicago. It is a major accomplishment to walk 1000 miles and to also put her thoughts in words to create this book.

Her journey led her through industrial areas, beaches, and even cliffs. She mostly walked alone but also had days when her family or friends joined her. As she started her journey, I could visualize th
Oct 12, 2016 Vicki rated it liked it
Lake love galore. Inspires me to imagine doing my own walking pilgrimage. Surprised myself with how many places along the lake were familiar. Mostly just a comfortable science lesson on lake lore, health, history, and fun facts. Had to look up: escarpment, ballast, and aeolian, among others. Did you know? Petosky Stone: fossilized remains of an ancient coral of neatly ordered, six-sided corals all pressed together millions of years ago, pre-dinosaur. Did you know? Modern America has toxic tombs, ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Zinta rated it really liked it

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. N
Nov 22, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Jeanne by: Loreen
Loreen Niewenhuis hiked 1,019 miles around Lake Michigan as a gift to herself. I understand that.

Like an interesting guided tour, this non-fiction account of her journey gives a combination of geographic and ecological facts, historical tidbits, and personal commentary. She is in love with Lake Michigan.

The beauty and wonder of the vast lake made her heart swell with joy. Her heart also broke time after time as she walked past nuclear facilities, abandoned steel mills, and scarring left by coa
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I once had a woman stop me on the street and ask me where a Victoria's Secret was. After I told her, she wanted to know how long a walk that would be. When I told her it would be about six blocks she responded "Six blocks! That is too far to walk. You city people are used to all that walking, but I'm not. I'll have to take a taxi." That story has nothing to do with this book other then that I'd guess the title alone would be enough to give that
Aug 23, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis set a challenge for herself to walk around Lake Michigan. She had been a stay-home mother to her two boys, and now that they were grown, she wanted to do something for herself, something that had a definite beginning and ending (unlike housework!).

Even though the premise seems to be of a woman's spiritual journey, the focus of this book ends up being mostly about the ecology of the lake, the geology of the region, and the histories of some of the coummunities surroundi
May 28, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing
This is beautifully written by a woman who didn't need to make this trek because she had lost her way in life; instead, she discovered what a great adventure it is to live.
I have had an almost life-long love affair with Lake Michigan. I first saw it as a child of eight because I was born and raised in a different area, away from the Great Lakes.
I love Lake Michigan by visiting its beaches and towns, especially in the Lelanau Peninsula, which to me is the most beautiful spot in the world, and I
Feb 07, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. By the end, you feel like you know the author, could walk with her and have a conversation.

Loreen decides to pursue her relationship with Lake Michigan and do something for herself, by walking the entire perimeter of the lake. Living now in MI and growing up in WI, I was very familiar with many of her stops along her journey, and looked forward to seeing where she was heading toward next. But besides the familiarity, this book is a very easy read, a journey on it's own. She narr
Margaret McCamant
Feb 17, 2012 Margaret McCamant rated it liked it
One summer when I was about 12, my family did a camping trip around Lake Superior. I mostly remember how incredibly cold Lake Superior is for swimming. It's no use trying to get in gradually: your toes are numb after just a few minutes. And one of my freshman college roommates was from Grand Marais; she introduced us all to the concept of "summer sweaters."

As long as I've lived in Chicago, I've always been intrigued by the idea of the 1100-mile drive around Lake Michigan. The author of this book
Margaret Klein
Jul 14, 2015 Margaret Klein rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I picked up this book, in Northern Michigan on the Leelanau Peninsula. I loved the concept. I wonder what other big project I might tackle. But at each stop of the lake I love too I wanted more. When she walked through Michigan City did she romp on the dunes? Did she look for blueberries in South Haven, art in Saugatuck? Did she find Oval Beach? How about the A&W Stand at Grand Haven State Park? What about the singing fountain? Jolli Lodge? Happy Hour? All up the coast of Michigan I felt lik ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
I always wanted to read more books about Lake Michigan or Michigan in general because I spent summers there with family. This was the first book I really read about the communities of Michigan (and Wisconsin, and Illinois). Even though she kind of meandered too far into the mundane with all her stays at bed and breakfasts and complaining about her aches and pains, I would recommend it for anyone who wants to find themselves, and gotten side tracked by other things.

You see, the author is (or was
Mar 15, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
Loreen Niewenhuis walked the entire circumference of Lake Michigan. She did it in sections but a number of them were 25 miles long. There were beautiful areas, ones that were in bad neighborhoods in Chicago and everything in between. Niewenhuis is a relatively typical middle aged woman who loved the lake and was in decent condition, but not an athlete. I found the whole thing fascinating. The only reason I didn't give it more stars is that she described herself as a writer, even before starting ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being relatively new to the midwest, a walker and a beach lover I found Niewenhuis' book "A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach" to be not only an informative read but a lovely one. Living in northwest Evanston, IL Lake Michigan is 2 miles east of me, we have small beaches, endless views reminiscent of the ocean. Fascinating to hear of the shores down, up, over and alongside. All so different and in varying degrees of health. I could hear Loreen's "voice" as I read, I would have loved to been living he ...more
Kirsten Ross
May 07, 2015 Kirsten Ross rated it liked it
I enjoyed her account of her walk around Lake Michigan, but I felt like the author was holding out on me. She hinted at emotions but never showed us how her personal journey coincided with the physical journey. Where were the emotions? She made a life-changing decision to walk around a lake but focused the text on educational chapters of the ecosystems and eco-disasters around the lake. The book seemed more like compilation of essays about the lakeshore itself while I was hoping to read more abo ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it
Having read Loreen's 3rd book first, I was eager to read the other 2, beginning with Book 1.
I very much enjoyed reading about my favorite Great Lake (favorite because I live in West Michigan!) and seeing her perspective on where I grew up and the places I've visited many times throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Loreen's research is evident in her writing and is very informative while not being "too deep."
I admire her fortitude and persistence in her travels.
Looking forward t
Jul 22, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting story about a woman who walked around Lake Michigan. Some sections of the book were really depressing because of all the ecological disasters that man has caused in this lake - some that will never go away.
I'm not sure that the book was all I expected because the author did the journey in sections, staying at B&B's each night and being carpooled back to the Lake in the morning - but, regardless of that, it was a huge undertaking and I admire her courage and stamina.
Christina Wray
Jan 23, 2014 Christina Wray rated it it was ok
interesting project. When she focused on the natural history and her connection with the lake, it was an excellent book. It's true that you can't talk about Lake Michigan without talking about the environmental impact industry has had on the environment, BUT once would have been enough. Multiple time in the book the author talked about industry's impact on the lake without adding any new insights. It detracted from the overall narrative.
Patti Groetsema
Jun 26, 2016 Patti Groetsema rated it it was amazing
Being a "water girl" & a lover of Lake Michigan especially, this journey brought even more awareness to me of our Great Lakes & what a beautiful, natural gift they are to us. It made me more aware of the carelessness that people have of these natural wonders & how they are taking for granted that the Lake will always "be there".
Loreen's final challenge in the epilogue is one that I've come to understand even more in my own life just recently.
Laurac Cushman
Jun 06, 2013 Laurac Cushman rated it really liked it
If you live in the Great Lakes area, this is a great read! A good look at Lake Michigan through the seasons and the author dug up some great detail on this magnificent lake that I was unaware of. She definitely has a ecology conservation flair without harping overly much on it. I would recommend this book to anyone in this region and beyond if you are interested in nature and Mother Nature at her finest
Dec 28, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This book was a gift from my Dad who had it autographed. Definitely a good book to kick off 2012. I thought this story was uplifting, simple and was also a reminder of the importance of doing something solely for the self. I also loved it because I do love the lake (especially South Haven!). It also gave me some good ideas for trips/adventures/things to try along Lake Michigan's Lakeshore when we come back to visit family.
Mar 23, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
I was very excited to read this book because the author would be exploring areas that i have visited along Lake Michigan; and scenic places I would like to see in the future: but I as disappointed by her observations. Her descriptions didn't make the experience seem interesting or fulfilling in any way. I have read several other books about the Great Lakes and this one was my least favorite.
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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 young sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved in
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