Tag Archives: Outdoor Sports/Adventure

Traveling California’s “Lesser Known” Coast


By Charlene S. Mixa

The dramatic coastline and seashore of Northern California Pacific Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Rolling hills, mighty redwoods, sandy beaches and bluffs high above the Pacific, create an exciting seascape along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco. This infamous coastal road follows the Pacific coastline through Washington, Oregon and California. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Route 1 becomes a two-lane road winding through the hillsides of forest and redwoods, with very few towns along the way. Continue reading

Traveling Oregon’s Dynamic Coast

By Charlene S. Mixa

Activities & Sights Along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Byway

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

Rugged mountains, secluded inlets, expansive sand dunes, picturesque sea stacks and the greenest of green forests line the Oregon Coast spotted with small quaint towns nestled just off the highway. The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, US 101 skirts the coast sometimes just a few 100 yards from the water’s edge. My husband, Richard and I are traveling Oregon’s dramatic coastline starting at Astoria, OR, the northern most town on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south ending at Bandon, OR. Continue reading

A Denali Wilderness Hike

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exhilarating Trek into Alaska’s Wilderness

All decked out for a rainy day hike

All decked out for a rainy day hike

Early September in Alaska is a wonderful time to see fall foliage in this magnificent huge state. A paradise for hikers, the South Denali area has lakes, streams, woods, alpine ridges and wildlife. There are spectacular views of 23, 230 foot Denali (Mt. McKinley). A hike allows you to really enjoy the Alaskan landscape. The Denali Wilderness Hike touts: “Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide”. Continue reading

Grandview Golf Club: Northern Michigan’s Best Kept Secret!

 By Charlene S. Mixa

An Unknown Golf Gem in the Michigan’s Mitten! 

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

Shh! Can you keep a secret? Hidden just outside of Kalkaska, MI is a little known golf course, Grandview Golf Club. With a 4-star rating by Golf Digest as “Best Places to Play”, we find this out of the limelight course.   Grandview is recommended to us by Scott, an Assistant Pro at the Cedar River Golf Course, as a must play while in the area. Scott brags that the course is in great condition, with terrific views and the best “catfish” in the area, plus only 30 minutes from Shanty Creek. Continue reading

The Sundance Golf Course at A-Ga-Ming

By Charlene S. Mixa

An exciting links course in Northern Michigan

Sundance - A-Ga-Ming view of courseTwo unforgettable courses welcome golfers to A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. The initial course, A-Ga-Ming, was a nine hole course. The expansion to an eighteen holes in 1986 moved the course to the next level. Creating a challenging golf layout, A-Ga-Ming (now Torch) has the most spectacular views in northern Michigan of the majestic blue Torch Lake and its surrounding countryside. Continue reading

Little Traverse Bay Golf Club & Restaurant

By Charlene S. Mixa

Panoramic Views, Terrific Golf and Delicious Food 

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Nestled high in the forested hills, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay and three inland lakes. Spectacular breathtaking views are found from many vantage points of this 18-hole traditional-style golf course, which is continuously rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Recognized as the #2 Most Female-Friendly Course in the Country in 2002 by Golf Digest, the course is a must see stop for a visit to northern Michigan. Continue reading

True North Golf Club

By Charlene S. Mixa Golfing a True Northern Michigan Masterpiece

No. 2 on True North

No. 2 on True North

Have a passion for golf? Want to experience a True North American Masterpiece? Playing True North is the answer. A new “must play” in Michigan, True North Golf Club is rated by Golf Digest as the No. 8 “Best in State”. On the glacier carved hills and valleys in northern Michigan, awarding winning architect Jim Engh designed and built True North with a spectacular layout. Continue reading

Charming Charlevoix- Shopping, Golf and Dining

By Charlene S. Mixa A Lakeside Town That Has It All!

Charlevoix from the Bridge & Round Lake

Charlevoix from the Bridge & Round Lake

Perched on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Round Lake is the historic resort town of Charlevoix, Michigan. Promoted as “Charlevoix the Beautiful” the town lives up to its name with flowering petunias bordering the roadside all the way through town. Quaint yet sophisticated, Charlevoix welcomes visitors to stop and enjoy its beauty. The main street offers plenty of upscale and trendy shopping, excellent restaurants, and a lush park overlooking Round Lake. Just outside of town are some great golf courses for those who bring along their “sticks”. Continue reading

The Hunt for Great Golf in Michigan

By Charlene S. Mixa

Find Game for Golfers and Gamblers in Mt. Pleasant, MI

No. 17 Bucks Run

No. 17 Bucks Run

On the prowl for exciting golf in Michigan! Mt. Pleasant offers two terrific courses that are a “must play” in the Midwest. Golfer, gambler or the gambling golfer will find fun and options to fit their game. The charming town welcomes visitors with a busy downtown area and plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Playing Tribute at the Otsego Club

By Charlene S. Mixa

Enjoyable Golf Atop the Mountains of Northern Michigan!

Welcome to Otsego Club & Resort

Welcome to Otsego Club & Resort

It’s not all about snow! Starting as the Otsego Ski Club in 1939, the Otsego Club in Northern Michigan grew into a four-season resort facility. The Spring, Summer and Fall months feature golf on two world-class courses, the Tribute and the Classic. Winter is all about snow with 27 ski slopes and miles of cross country ski trails. Continue reading