Author: Christal Frost

GTPulse: Join the Pack

Six months ago, in the midst of a statewide stay at home order, my husband and I decided to get a dog. We began our quest with great organization—meticulous notes were taken about the demands and exercise requirements of specific breeds. We spent hours pouring through articles, the product of a series of internet searches about caring for our future…

GTPulse: Off the Pavement—Norte Takes to the Trails

My mom sent me a text message a few weeks ago. It read, “A very eventful first night of Norte’s mountain biking team for Jasmine. She loved it. She DID crash her bike through a hornet’s nest. Stung four times. But, she’s ready and excited to go back on Wednesday. Only Jasmine would run over a hornet’s nest.” Jasmine is…

GTPulse: A Rock Star With a Heart of Gold

Erin McKee Reyna started 2020 like the rest of us. She toasted the new decade, hopeful for what was on the horizon, not knowing the collective chaos COVID-19 would bring. Not knowing the personal challenges headed her way. Erin is no stranger to adversity. Throughout her life, she has experienced more than her fair share.  However, with a strong will…

GTPulse Weekend Planner: Escape to Beaver Island

The ferry had barely left the harbor when I heard the familiar pop of a champagne cork followed by a round of applause. It was the perfect way to start our weekend— a toast to our travels aboard the Beaver Island Boat Company—surrounded by close friends and headed 32 miles off the coast of Charlevoix to America’s Emerald Isle. Beaver…

GTPulse Weekend Planner: Take a Hike

Exploring Northern Michigan Trails

There’s something about the air in September. A specific element, a sort of crispness that seems to linger in your lungs. I absolutely adore the changing seasons in Michigan, but fall is my favorite. Yes, it’s true—I am a pumpkin spice loving, scarf-and-sweater wearing, everything in flannel print admirer of the cooler weather. I’m aware, however, that not everyone is…

GTPulse Weekend Planner: Interlochen

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GTPulse Weekend Planner: Elk Rapids Then and Now

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GTPulse Weekend Planner: A Village of Possibilities in Lake Ann

I’m wearing stretchy pants and tennis shoes, trying to remember the name of the road to access Ransom Lake Natural Area in Lake Ann. Turns out, there are two access points—one is at the end of Bellows Lake Road, the other off Lake Ann Road. My dog, JoJo Mario, is beyond excited as we exit the car, you can almost…

GTPulse Weekend Planner: Adventures in Thompsonville

By: Christal Frost

I’m sure every parent can relate to this: your child emerges from his room full of toys, passing the tech gadgets, the television and the gaming system.  His eyes seem to miss the bikes, skateboards, scooters, play equipment—and overall nature—as he glances to the backyard. His shoulders fall and his head cocks to the side, like his neck can no…