“I’ve learned so much about the lake already,” Niewenhuis said, “and I can’t wait to get back to the shoreline. It's the adventure of a lifetime.” For the next 110 mile portion between Ludington and Suttons Bay, Niewenhuis will pass through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. "This is one of my favorite places on the lake," Niewenhuis said. "It will be a treat to explore the entire shoreline of the park."
Since the weather has warmed, Niewenhuis will be camping for much of this segment. "Camping will allow me to further explore the lake and my connection to it," Niewenhuis said.
The outcome of this projected seven month endeavor will be a book Niewenhuis proposes to be a “cross between Bill Bryson’s humorous and information-
Niewenhuis records the progress of the trek on her blog at http://LakeTrek.Blogspot.com
Visitors to the site can read about Niewenhuis’s journey which proceeds counter-clockwise around the lake. Her website, http://LoreenNiewenhuis.com will also provide additional information and insight on the author and her work, both published and in progress.
Niewenhuis has a Bachelor of Science degree from Calvin College, then a Master of Science from Wayne State University. This makes her uniquely qualified to explore and discuss some of the pressing environmental issues facing the lake: invasive species, pollution, water usage issues, and the effects of climate warming on the lake.
Most recently, Niewenhuis received a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications including The Antioch Review and The Bellevue Literary Review.
For real time information on the trek, please contact: Loreen Niewenhuis at 269-753-2605, or e-mail her at LakeTrek@comcast.net.