Elly Oom, a Cross Village local, shares her story of a day spent hanging at Sturgeon Bay.

My husband and I made a promise this spring after I read an article about microadventures and finding adventure all around you. We promised to make our own microadventure once a week and take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us in northern Michigan.

We wouldn’t need to travel far and we wouldn’t need to spend money. We would just take the time after a busy day to get outside and appreciate nature.

One of our favorites this year was a hike to the top of Sturgeon Bay duens with packable hammocks and a picnic dinner. Sturgeon Bay offers remarkable swimming in the summer with its crystal clear water and sugary sand, but I highly recommend taking the short but steep hike up the dunes for undoubtedly one of the finest views in northern Michigan.

We set up our hammocks in a cluster of trees at the top and were taken back by the calmness and beauty of the bay. We spent several hours relaxing and taking in the warm spring sun with a couple of cold beverages.

Our microadventures have helped us to appreciate the place we call home and have taught us the importance of taking time to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s a walk in the woods, a stroll on the beach or a paddle in Little Traverse Bay, we’ll continue our adventures and encourage others to make their own.


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Merrell ShoesWe invite you to share your adventure: tag your photos #seekyouradventure or email seekyouradventure@gmail.com with a short description about where you went, what you did and why you felt connected. Each month we’ll feature a story that especially captures the spirit of everyday adventure.

Merrell is partnering with us to honor local adventurers. Our featured contributor will get a free pair of Merrell shoes of his/her choice.

Now go on, get out there, and Seek Your Adventure!