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  1. 2016 Glen Arbor Area Winter

    2016 Glen Arbor Area Winter
    Laura Ann Johnson, Cherry Republic’s marketing manager to a few hours and snapped a few photos of all the fresh snow around Glen Arbor on Tuesday morning. Click here for a short blog of her best photos. Above is the a favorite angle of the Crystal River at the Dunn's Farm Rd culvert.
  2. Spring in Northern Michigan

    Spring in Northern Michigan
    After a long, cold winter, spring is coming to northern Michigan! While there is still a chill in the air and doubtlessly more snow before summer, the sun is noticeably warmer and the piles of snow and ice are melting.
  3. Lake Michigan Ice Cave Exploration

    Lake Michigan Ice Cave Exploration
    For the second year in a row, frigid temperatures over Lake Michigan have left it nearly 60% frozen. Those cold temperatures coupled with the strong winds we've had over the past month are the perfect ingredients for the formation of ice caves. There were ice caves on Lake Michigan last year, but none had formed so far this year. Until last week, that is.
  4. A Skate to School Across Glen Lake

    A Skate to School Across Glen Lake
    Bob and his boys made their annual seven-mile walk to school in the winter this year. A shortcut across Glen Lake on ice skates should have made the trek quicker than previous years, but there was too much up north beauty to soak in.
  5. Hockey on Little Glen Lake

    Hockey on Little Glen Lake
    The ice on Little Glen Lake lately has been smooth as glass and hard as diamonds across the entire lake. While it's not very thick, we thought it was time to kick off a beloved winter activity -- ice skating. So yesterday, a few of us pulled away from work early and skated in the wind-protected lee of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
  6. Winter Comes Early to Northern Michigan

    Winter Comes Early to Northern Michigan
    Winter has returned to the Republic a little ahead of schedule this year. No sooner had the spectacularly colored leaves fallen from the trees than they were being covered by snow.
  7. Spring Thaw

    Spring Thaw
    Spring, at last, is making its presence felt in the Republic. The days are noticeably longer and warmer, the snow has almost completely melted, and ice is gradually yielding to open water. Patches of grass are even turning green! The long, cold winter of 2014 is finally relenting. Spring is here.
  8. A Cherry Republic Spring Break

    A Cherry Republic Spring Break
    What some have dubbed "the endless winter" may at last be drawing to a close. Spring Break is here! Like many around the country, several at Cherry Republic have skipped town heading for warmer climes. Those of us left holding the fort in Glen Arbor decided we needed to have a little fun too.
  9. Hiking to North Manitou Island

    Hiking to North Manitou Island
    On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasn't been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out. The weather created the perfect window for us. The bitter cold of the previous week was replaced by temperatures in the mid to high 20s with clear skies and no wind. The forecast for following days called for warm weather and wind. It was now or never!
  10. Ice Caves of Lake Michigan

    Ice Caves of Lake Michigan
    The wild winter this year has brought frigid temperatures, mountains of snow, and large waves to the Republic. We can now add ice caves to that list! Take a look at some of the photos we took while exploring these remarkable formations on the ice.

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