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Wild in the North Country – by Michele Oberholtzer

Inspired by the book Wild, Michele Oberholtzer backpacked more than 700 miles alone across Northern Michigan from Leelenau to Keweenaw. Here are some adapted entries from her travel journal.   I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things, I was as searching as I was skeptical.         […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Six

By Michele Oberholtzer On Ending Day 44, Mile 700 This morning I decided to wake up early to watch the sunrise from my camp at Moskey Basin on Isle Royale. It was cold and I was tired. I packed up everything but my sleeping bag and curled up in it, leaning against my pack and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Five

By Michele Oberholtzer On Being Lost Day 32, Mile 483 I think I’m in an abusive relationship with the trail. When I lose it, I curse it, swear I don’t need it and I’m better off without it. And then, invariably, as soon as I see a blue blaze I am flooded with relief and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Four

By Michele Oberholtzer Lake Superior Day 20, Mile 243 I have not spoken all day. I did not intentionally try to do it, it’s just that I never had reason to say anything. I am fairly certain I haven’t had a full silent day since I spoke my first word as a child. Yesterday I […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Three

By Michele Oberholtzer The Upper Peninsula Day 15, Mile 211 I arrived in Mackinaw City wet from the pouring rain and angry at myself for getting lost. I decided to get a hotel room even though that feels indulgent and wimpy and lazy. There was a massive storm at night. I ran around taking pictures […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Two

By Michele Oberholtzer On Curing Myself Day 7, Mile 91 Today I crossed the 45th parallel in a place called the Jordan River Valley. For a long time I have been searching for a way to differentiate the past from the future, a reason why tomorrow will be different from yesterday. There have been countless […]

Wild in the North Country – Part One

By Michele Oberholtzer I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things, I was as searching as I was skeptical. – Cheryl Strayed The book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed relays her moving personal journey through the lens of a 3-month solo expedition across the Pacific Crest Trail. It […]