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The Michigan Indian Trails We Travel Everyday

If you think about it, it makes sense. The routes that the native Michigan tribes made and utilized for thousands of years cover the same ground that Michigan Department of Transportation has paved and we are using today as we cross the state to visit friends in Chicago visit the wineries in Traverse City or watch the Thanksgiving parade in downtown Detroit. 

Amazingly, Michigan's first trails were not made by Indians but ranging buffalo herds in migration. This was especially true on the St. Joseph trail in Southwest Michigan.

The major trails in lower Michigan tended to link Indian settlements of Mackinac, Detroit, Saginaw, and Niles. The area around Saginaw had the most native American settlements in the Great Lakes region.  




Major Michigan Trail Systems
Shore Line Trail- A minor trail starting near Toledo and hugging the shore of Lake Erie, the Straits of Detroit. Past Fort Gratiot and Lake Huron to a spot near White Rock. White Rock was considered a solemn spiritual place of offe…

Microplastic In The Great Lakes and In You

The next time you brush your teeth or wash your face you may be contributing to adding plastic into the Great Lakes. Back in 2012 the New York Times reported that microplastics were identified as a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. As of now there is no way to stop the plastic contamination from products with microplastics from entering the watershed.
"Microplastics are really concerning because so many fish or marine species ingest them," Wallace said. "Especially for human health, it's something we're thinking about. If we eat those fish that eat those microplastics, what does that mean?" -- Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza
What may be a bigger factor is our clothing. Fibers fall off our clothing everytime we launder them. These microfibers get past waste treatment and into our water system. 
Get more information at  Have We Turned the Great Lakes Into A Plastic Soup? on Thumbwind.com