After finishing my military service in 1990, two friends and I discovered hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Trail in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This story is a small snapshot from the early years. It takes place from the spring of 1992 through the fall of 1996.
Being a photographer, I documented all the trips and adventures on film. The images have been scanned from my film archives, edited when needed and help to tell the story. Some images have never been seen by anyone but the three hiker's, twenty five years ago.
What I hope everyone gets out of reading this true story is my love of the land, the beauty of the park, see the changes weather and people have had on the park. I also hope to express how the park has changed me, my friendships with my hiking friends and the love I have for photography. I am already working on the next book set in the years from 1997 through the fall of 2000.
This whole book was made with love of the land and dedicated to my hiking friends.
I hope you enjoy it!
************** A bit from the book. **************
"The sky on this day was so blue. With all the blue sky and water from the lake, I wished I could bottle the day into a time capsule, and keep it to go back to on the bad days. The smell of the fresh cool lake air and the smell of fresh water filled my body with energy as the sun warmed me up! The lighthouse is just at the end of an access road that leads back to the Hurricane River and Campground. The water should still be on. It was only a week or two after Labor Day. As far as we knew, the park hadn't had a super hard frost yet. It should be on -- we hoped.
This trip was also way before any of the big park improvements. But as of today, this campground is just about the same as it was back then in 1993.
Getting to the pump, the water was on. We filled up. Again, like the trips before, we walked over the bridge and back into the woods. " I