Scenes From 2013 Detroit Tigers Home Opener

by admin on March 31, 2014

I have been waiting for today all through this long winter. On some of those numerous bitter cold days with the snow flying and the wind biting, the new season of Tigers baseball was the one thought that could lift my spirits. Baseball, just like spring, is a sure sign of the end of another long winter.

Sure, the days might not yet be warm enough to get by without wearing at least a sweatshirt and, yes, there might be a day where some snow may fly. However, baseball is back and just as sure as that, spring must be back as well.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of the birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Celebrate the new baseball season with our Detroit Tigers Gift Basket. It’s a great gift to give to the Tigers fan in your life.



1953 Home Movie of Mackinac Island

by admin on March 28, 2014

This either took a long time to edit and splice together or the narrator did not finish until sometime around 1957 or later as he mentions the Mackinac Bridge (along with the fact that the trip took place in 1953) which was not completed until 1957.

Love this quote about Fort Mackinac on the island in reference to its past importance in the days of the fur trade compared to today -

No danger of having your scalp lifted, it’s just the contents of your wallet that they want.

I like how the narrator explains how he made certain shots and offers tips on how to film in poor lighting as well as asking permission to include people in his shots in order to “avoid any unpleasantness”.


Top 10 Things I Love About The 313

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Today is March 13th (3/13) and a lot of folks are celebrating Detroit in honor of 313 (Detroit’s area code for those not in the know). It’s a great excuse to show your love of The 313 and I wish to do the same. I’m setting this post to publish at 3:13 on 3/13 :). […]

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2014 Michigan Notable Books

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Better late than never, I guess. This list came out at the beginning of January, but since that comes right at the tail-end of our busiest time of the year in the gift basket business, I forgot about it. Actually, looking back – I have forgotten about it for a few years now. I haven’t […]

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February 19th Great Lakes Ice Cover Photo

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With the cloud cover dissipated a bit from how it has been all winter long, you can really get a good look at the ice cover on the Great Lakes. This satellite photograph is from yesterday, February 19, 2014. You can view a larger version here.

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2014 Trenary Outhouse Classic is February 22nd

February 13, 2014

Winter is tough. Yoopers have to be even tougher to make it through an Upper Peninsula winter. This winter has been one of the coldest and snowiest of recent memory and the need to get out and blow off some steam is greater than most years. Yoopers have found a great way to get out […]

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Photos of Michigan snow storms from the past

January 31, 2014
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This winter is how I remember (incorrectly or not, I am not sure) winter when I was a kid. Snow that fell around the first of the year and stayed until March. Multiple days off of school. Playing outside until my feet were numb. I thought I would share some photos of snow storms from […]

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Beautiful time-lapse video from across Michigan

January 23, 2014

So beautiful, it’s mesmerizing. Seeking Michigan (Part 1) from Eric Hines on Vimeo.

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The Ice Caves of Lake Superior

January 22, 2014

I get claustrophobic just watching some of these videos. These Lake Superior ice caves look amazing though. Truly a Winter Wonderland.

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The Great Storm of November 1913

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100 years ago over a span from November 7th through November 10th, the deadliest storm to ever hit the Great Lakes killed over 250 people and caused 12 major shipwrecks. The storm’s 90 mph winds created 35 foot waves on the Great Lakes and the accompanying blizzard conditions gave this storm it’s name – The […]

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