May 2018 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Wheelway Weekend

Grab friends and pedal an overnihter on the Little Traverse Wheelway. A bona fide cycling novice shows how easy and fun it can be in May.

Revenant Trout

An iridescent and glamorous trout named the Arctic grayling once dominated northern rivers. It disappeared in 1938. Here's the plan to bring it back! 

My Morel Compass

A forager returns north to roam her homeland seeking morels and a connection with her father (Bonus: Pro tips for finding the elusive 'shrooms)

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May 2018 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

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The May 2018 issue will ship after mid-May 2018

May 2018 issue includes:

Wheelway Weekend

Grab friends and pedal an overnihter on the Little Traverse Wheelway. A bona fide cycling novice shows how easy and fun it can be in May.

Revenant Trout

An iridescent and glamorous trout named the Arctic grayling once dominated northern rivers. It disappeared in 1938. Here's the plan to bring it back! 

My Morel Compass

A forager returns north to roam her homeland seeking morels and a connection with her father (Bonus: Pro tips for finding the elusive 'shrooms)


Departments

Up North

Sleeping Bears' superintendent reflects on the park we love. Cari Noga's new book. High Five Spirits' new distillery tasting room in Petoskey.

This Is MyNorth

Make your May marvelous with ideas from MyNorth.

May Events

Spring has sprung, friends. Get thee to an event!

Travel

Camp in the fresh cool of spring.

Up in Michigan

Thoughts on love from his 20-acre U.P. sanctuary.

Dining

Brunch destinations for easy May mornings.

Local Foodie

Goat cheese, Roasted Tomato Jam, Lemon Zest Pressed Sandwich. Make it. Eat it. 

Drinks

Old Mission, New releases, Sip some.

On the Cover:

The Elusive Moral

Photo Courtesy of Melisa McKolay

And of course, Deborah Wyatt Fellows's popular column:

My Mom, a Mermaid


My mom loved the water. She hadn’t been able to swim for a number of years before she died at age 99 a few months ago, but even last summer she found great joy when my sister took her down to the water just to watch the kids swimming.

In that hollow, untethered time that follows losing the last of your parents, memories and traits float to the top in a random flood. But I can already feel a coalescing happening when the essence of a person takes hold, beyond the memory of them just as a parent. It’s the essence of a life lived, what traits emerge to define who they were and what they valued.

With my mom, it keeps coming back to water, her celebration of it in every form and her legacy of working for its protection. She grew up exceedingly poor in Detroit, and one of her greatest joys in her youth was when, every summer, she was invited to her friend’s cottage on Lake Orion. On her first visit to the cottage, her friend’s parents could not get her out of the lake to eat. And it was true ever after; water was more sustenance for her than food.

She loved to travel and had visited 48 of 50 states either alone or with a friend by her late 20s, a novelty in the 1940s. She had supported her mother and extended family for many years, and as they got on their feet, she was free to travel. She saved money to buy a car and, as the head of the school office at Northwestern High School in Detroit, she took her suitcase with her on the last day of school and hit the road. And of course, the water. 


... Read the rest of Deborah Wyatt Fellows's column to discover the magic of owning a home in Northern Michigan.

For a collection of Deborah Wyatt Fellows's most popular and treasured columns, including "Slices of Heaven" and accompanied with Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine's gorgeous photography, order a copy of her book, Reflections of a Life Up North, by clicking here.


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