Quick lunch and hike (mental health break!) Read more...

Spring is my favorite time of year: winter is over, green things are starting to grow, and being outdoors isn’t quite so uncomfortable.

I couldn’t capture a picture of the turkey I saw (it saw me first) but I found a few snapshots of spring in the West Michigan woods.

Last year’s berries and flowers, worse for the wear. Sassafras and black raspberry lie dormant but are still striking in their bright green and purple hues.

Even now I don't consider myself somebody who likes to eat fish. Growing up I rarely ate fish, and when I did, it was undoubtedly "fishy." Although I've caught, killed, prepared, and eaten my fair share of delicious fish– bluegills, trout, and most recently sucker– I still don't think of myself as a fish lover.… Read more...

Last night I arrived at my first stop, parked the car, and hopped out. After wolfing down some ramp risotto, I was on the hunt for suckers. A few months ago I'd found this small creek that fed the Thornapple. When I did, I made a mental note: Fish like creek mouths. I'd heard of the mysterious spring… Read more...