Salted with Sharks

Swim for Mitch and His Favorite Places This Labor Day Sunday

In Community Alert, Environment, Fishing, GOOD NEWS, Open Season, Water on August 27, 2014 at 11:09 am

By Ann Sinclair

UPDATE

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Greetings to All!
In honor of my dear friend Mitch Stevenson, who passed on August 22, 2013, I thought I would go for a swim.  And since I’m still rehabbing my shoulder, I prowled around for a revised route, and have landed on crossing Little Glen Lake, located on the edge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. My pal Marilyn and I scouted start and finish points along the lake shore this past weekend, and my Google map tells me my chosen route measures about 1 mile.
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WHAT IF…?
So I’m thinkin’ that perhaps you would like to join in.  You can swim with me (my pal Joanna is getting ready to go), or float alongside in a kayak, canoe, innertube, pontoon, or fishing boat. I will have kayaks accompany us so no other boats run anyone over, but if that isn’t up your alley, you can simply send a tax deductible donation to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) with “Mitch Swim” in the memo line—easy.  I’m throwing a $10 figure out there, but whatever is comfortable for you is the perfect amount. And if a donation isn’t in the cards at the moment, no worries. You can send great thoughts and encouragement this coming Sunday morning, August 31, at approximately 7:30 am EST.  The only things that will reschedule this swim are lightning and/or gale force winds.
 
ABOUT THE DONATION
I’ve chosen GTRLC because this land is Mitch’s home, and the Conservancy works hard to protect these woodlands and coastline. Mitch loved wilderness and the life it supports, and spent as much time as possible in the woods and on the water.  The organization does great work, and every little bit from us helps—even coins found in your sofa. Here’s a link to a list of the nature preserves GTRLC has set up; you may have visited some already, or will plan to once you see the list. http://www.gtrlc.org/preserves/preserves-list/
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If you’re interested, write a check for a tax deductible donation to:
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy—please write “Mitch Swim” in the memo line—for tax purposes and tallying the final amount.
 
And send to:
GTRLC
3860 N. Long Lake Road, Suite D
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
231-929-7911 or 888-929-3866
I will buzz them up mid-September to see how we did and let you know grand total—together we will help preserve more natural habitat—a page out of Mitch’s playbook! Spread the word if you like.
It is with honor and respect that I make this crossing for Mitch; this world is a better place because he was with us. Ψ

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