Author: Richard Christensen

Three Must Know Grilling Tips

Outdoor cooking is more than just whipping up a meal! Today the art of grilling, or slow smoking barbecue, is often considered family time! According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) 75% of all adults in the United States own a grill or smoker! That means that there are a whole bunch of people firing up charcoal, gas, wood, and pellets! It also means it’s time for some easy, and tasty, grilling tips! What’s great about these tips is they apply to a small grilling session at the house, local park, a picnic, or a multi-day event...

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Disney’s New Duck Tales Series Debuts in August

Disney’s revival of the famed Duck Tales animated series will kick off on Saturday, August 12th with a one hour special titled “Woo-oo!” The made for TV movie will air for 24 hours straight on the Disney XD channel. The regular Duck Tales series run will begin on September 23rd, which is the 30th anniversary of the original Emmy Award-winning show. Two new episodes will be be featured, airing 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney XD. Disney already has two seasons slated for this ever-popular series. In addition to tie-ins...

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Point Betsie Lighthouse

One of the most scenic lighthouses on the Great Lakes, the Point Betsie lighthouse guards the shoes of Lake Michigan. Located off of M-22 just north of Frankfort, the lighthouse is a popular stop for photographers and history buffs as well as summer tourists. Point Betsie is picture perfect Victorian charm, nestled atop the dunes and surrounded by old trees and lilacs. This is a worthwhile stop in your travels in the Sleeping Bear area. Built in 1858, Point Betsie lighthouse includes both the tower and keeper’s living quarters in one building. Painted in its classic white with a...

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Platte River State Fish Hatchery

While touring the Leelanau peninsula and Sleeping Bear this summer we stopped at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery. Located on US-31 just 18 miles east of Frankfort, the hatchery is operated by the Michigan DNR to supply salmon into Lake Michigan and other areas. The hatchery was larger than we expected and is worth a visit for everyone from families with kids to avid fishermen. Here’s a bit of history and what to expect on a tour of the facility.   Platte River Fish Hatchery History Originally constructed in 1921 as a trout rearing station, the Platte River...

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6 Fun Family Attractions in Metro Detroit

Whether it’s summer or winter, these six Metro Detroit attractions will provide all day fun for your family. Get out of the house and explore, learn, and, most importantly, have fun. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite time tested places I continue to enjoy with my family year after year. These are places that offer seasonal changes and special events, so there is always something fresh to experience.   Greenfield Village These are two of the most unique and amazing attractions in Metro Detroit. Greenfield Village is home to several important homes and buildings, such as Thomas Edison’s...

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