Get Out Here

The Outfitter Crew is passionate about this place we call home, and we are committed to helping you Get Out Here! Our goal is to provide the high-quality gear and the local knowledge you need to experience this place in a way that works for you. Check back here for blog posts on backyard adventuring and other fun stuff. We hope you will join us by tagging your adventure pics on Instagram @outfitterhs. Be safe, be smart and #getouthere!
This summer has certainly been a unique one. It is hard to remember what day-to-day life looked like before the pandemic hit. One of the few positives to come from this time of crisis is the number of people that have either picked up or returned to running. To this end I thought I would share a couple tips, routes, and otherwise useful information for running in the Harbor Springs area...
Nothing beats a beautiful Northern Michigan sunset. While many things have been restricted this quarantine, this great hobby of mine thankfully has not. There’s just something about the sun slowly sinking behind the waters of Little Traverse Bay that will let you forget about all the stresses and worries in our lives...
About two summers ago my brother and I started to build a pump track in our meadow. A pump track is a track in a loop for bikes but you don't pedal, there are rollers that you pump to carry momentum. We would work on it every day for about two weeks until it was finished. We had so much fun on it and I progressed a lot in my riding...
My kitchen table is covered in plants. They’re waiting to be planted in the garden outside. However, looking out the window towards the garden, all I can see is snow clinging to the grass. The cold temperatures and snow flurries are a sign of the stubborn Michigan winter refusing to give up...
Running through the woods right now is about as good as it gets! The bugs are still sleeping, the trout lily, trillium and spring beauties are popping up and you can see forever. The trails are pretty much dry and the leaves are soft - you can hear everything...
Today we set out to re-find what used to be one of our favorite springtime outings–hunting for leeks. So, we dialed it back ten years and re-traced our steps to a low-lying, soggy part of the woods out back...
Like many other quarantined people, I’ve taken up some new hobbies. Broadening my interests from painstaking embroidery to delicious bread-baking, the new activity I’m most excited for is beekeeping...
With all of this extra time on my hands, I felt added pressure to be a “good mom” (like Instagram/Joanna Gaines good). In my head, this meant stuff like cooking beautiful meals from scratch, never turning on the TV, and structured arts and crafts time. It also seemed like the time to foster my daughter’s love for the outdoors...
Hourglass meets lava lamp. That image captures how I've been experiencing the world these past few weeks. According to google, nobody has invented such a contraption, yet. But imagine the hourglass inside the lamp–see the grains of sand streaming down as iridescent blobs burble around?!
Sunny days in March are extraordinary. The warm, shining sun is a promise of the Spring weather to come and an invitation to explore the landscapes uncovered by melting snow. In Northern Michigan, we are finally experiencing the Spring weather that we deserve. But in my family, the first of the sunny, somewhat warm days means something special: syrup...
If you’re a parent trying to wrangle your ‘littles’ with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, I get it. And I’m here to help with a fun way to divert some time today. My ‘littles’ aren’t so little anymore (three teens), but I’m wrestling with the same stuff just on a different scale.  Yesterday’s divert-and-distract tally included a not-so-small kitchen fire. Today we’re headed to the backyard...
I woke up Tuesday to blue sky and sunshine, a perfect combination for a quiet hike and some fresh air. One of my favorite Little Traverse Conservancy properties is the Hoogland Family Nature Preserve.  For me, its proximity to home and 1.5 mile loop make it perfect before or after work hike...