Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. As I assume everyone probably already knew Saturday was March 2nd, Texas Independence Day. For the Gilger’s that typically means playing Willie Nelson records, toasting shots of tequila, eating BBQ in 70 degree weather and going to the rodeo with my family. But with all the travel, projects and lack of free air miles we decided to stay up north this year and go on some local adventures. So we meet up with our uber talented photographer friend Bryan Laubhan and went on an adventure we have been wanting to do for a couple months.

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

I don’t know how many times we have come to the Port Oneida beach in Leelanau County, at the foot of the Pyramid Point trail, in the summer time but we have never come here in the winter time. I’m not going to tell you it was as fun as it is in the summer, but  we did have it all to ourselves, which is a rarity any other time we go. But we all braved the cold in order to take some time to slow down, enjoy the view and talk about life.

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

For 23 years of my life I lived in Texas where the seasons were hot and less hot, those were our indications of seasonal change. So when I moved to Michigan four years ago I became hyper aware of the changes in every season, especially winter. I hate the cold. Until this, my fourth winter, I finally started to notice and value the beautiful moments and landscape this time of year offers here. I really wanted to go to the water before we headed south to Raleigh next week, as who knows what things will be like when we return. Have you ever spent time at an icy beach? Frozen sand is really an amazing thing to see.

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

The Fresh Exchange Blog | Leelanau Ice Beach Hike

Adventures like this one make cold days seem much more fun and amazing. As a southerner transplanted in the north it is not always easy to enjoy this time of year, but days like this one make me realize how lucky I am to live somewhere with seasons like this.

We have been working like crazy lately, so expect to see our new work and our new website in the coming weeks. We are also planning for our two week trip to Raleigh starting on the 12th. So please tweet or comment any recommendations. We want to hear! We hope to have some posts about Raleigh as well for those of you who have never been.

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  1. Alison

    I hope you love Raleigh! I have a few recommendations. Food: Bida Manda, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s Burger’s, Poole’s Diner, Little Tokyo Sushi (technically in Cary, but don’t be fooled by the hole-in-the-wall appearance, it’s the best sushi around) and 5 Star. We actually have a ton of good restaurants, but those are my favorites.

    As far as things to do – there aren’t a lot of touristy activities that I know of, but you should definitely visit the NCMA (our art museum) and if you’re into historical houses there’s the Mordecai House and the Joel Lane house downtown. You could also walk through the Oakwood Cemetery. I think they do tours sometimes, but it’s also really pretty and a nice walk.

    You could also hit up the flea market at the fairgrounds – it’s every weekend and sometimes there are some real treasures – or watch a movie at the Rialto, which is a fun indie movie theater. Feel free to email me if you have any questions – I’ve lived here almost my whole life!

  2. Mike Gilger

    We will definitely we checking out the legendary farm markets. Thanks for the recommends

  3. Alyssa

    These photos are absolutely stunning. They make me ACTUALLY appreciate winter, instead of just be sick of it at this point!

  4. Libby Stallman

    Beautiful photography! We love that beach!

  5. bryan

    yessss. more adventures.

  6. Alex

    Great photos! Love the look of the icy beach, the soft colors… We don’t have that around here ;)

  7. Chelsea

    I have been a longtime reader but this is my first comment. I am from an icy cold country, and have been bred to adore the winter. I love watching others slowly, very slowly, discover the beauty and the calm the winter brings. This post sent me back home. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Amanda

    I’m from Florida and now live in New England – I would have never guessed how much I’d come to appreciate the seasons. And there’s not much that’s better than a snowy winter walk.

  9. Mike Gilger

    It’s a slowwww process but I am coming to enjoy it. I saw your post about surfing that’s amazing! We have some brave wet suit winter surfers out here. I think it might take me one more season before I try that ;)