The Death and Life of the Great Lakes


I first heard of Dan Egan’s book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes during an interview on WORT radio here in Madison. I caught the final few minutes of the discussion and made a mental note to check out the book sometime soon. It took me a few more months than intended to get a copy in my hand, but it was well worth the wait. The book is outstanding. Not only is is one of the most comprehensive summaries of the ecology and history of the Great Lakes I’ve ever read, it’s also a real page-turner.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast with Steve Piragis

Sunset, Vera Lake, BWCAW 2018

A couple weeks ago Steve Piragis of Piragis Northwoods Company was on the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers podcast talking about hunting and fishing the Boundary Waters and efforts to prevent a copper-nickel sulfide mine from being sited just outside the wilderness. It’s an excellent talk that touches on a wide range of topics and is well worth a listen. Continue reading “Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast with Steve Piragis”

Please Shut Down This Crude Oil Pipeline Under the Great Lakes

Before the Spill from Adam Wells on Vimeo.

Did you know there is a crude oil pipeline under Lake Michigan? Yep, it runs under the Straits of Mackinaw and cuts from the UP to lower Michigan.  The line is old, broken down and poses a big risk to the Great Lakes. Running crude oil under the world’s biggest freshwater system doesn’t pass the common sense test. We drink this water.

If you live in Michigan, you can do something about this. Please take a look.



BTW–clean water makes for great beer. Bells Expedition Stout. Demshitz is Stout. Church.

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Rock Island Rendezvous

Thordarson’s boathouse and ferry pier, Rock Island State Park, WI. By David Langhorst [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
It’s 11:15 PM on a Friday night when we pull up to the ferry landing at Northport in Door County.  Mark and I begin to unload sea kayaks and gear for a weekend tour from my Honda Civic.  The weather is cool–what you would expect from the first weekend of October–and the wind is moving the tips of trees above our heads.  Continue reading “Rock Island Rendezvous”