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David Veselenak
Works at Observer and Eccentric
Attended Central Michigan University
Lives in Troy, MI
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Geocaching at the tip of Michigan's Thumb is a great way to spend a weekend
I'll never get sick of looking at the Lake Huron coastline, no matter where I am in Michigan. So much is made in Michigan of what is "up north." Be it the argument that "up north" begins at the Zilwaukee Bridge, or at the Mackinac Bridge or what have you. S...
I'll never get sick of looking at the Lake Huron coastline, no matter where I am in Michigan. So much is made in Michigan of what is "up north." Be it the argument that "up north" begins at the Zilwaukee Bridge, or at the Mac...
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Not far from home: A day trip to Brighton State Recreation Area
Bishop Lake at Brighton State Recreation Area. So much is made of going "up north" (and no, I won't make you define what "up north" means ) in Michigan during the summer, and for good reason. There's something special about the lakeshore, the woods, the riv...
Bishop Lake at Brighton State Recreation Area. So much is made of going "up north" (and no, I won't make you define what "up north" means) in Michigan during the summer, and for good reason. There's something special about th...
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A view of the wolves in southeast Michigan
One of the wolves at the Detroit Zoo. It appears Royal Oak has as many wolves as Isle Royale does now . My wife and I stopped in at the Detroit Zoo this afternoon, a place we've grown to love in recent years. We stopped in at feeding time near the gray wolv...
One of the wolves at the Detroit Zoo. It appears Royal Oak has as many wolves as Isle Royale does now. My wife and I stopped in at the Detroit Zoo this afternoon, a place we've grown to love in recent years. We stopped in...
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Time to come back: photos from our new home near Walled Lake
The sun sets over Walled Lake March 25, 2016. A long, long time. That's roughly when I last updated this page. That can't happen anymore. Life gets in the way. Moving, family, work. It all gets in the way of spending time doing side work, like updating this...
The sun sets over Walled Lake March 25, 2016. A long, long time. That's roughly when I last updated this page. That can't happen anymore. Life gets in the way. Moving, family, work. It all gets in the way of spending time doi...
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A trip long overdue: a weekend to the Saginaw Bay region
The beach along the Saginaw Bay, complete with logs, shells and sand.  It's been a long six months since the last post on here , and many things have come up that have prevented updates. I was unable to attend my planned trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park...
The beach along the Saginaw Bay, complete with logs, shells and sand.  It's been a long six months since the last post on here, and many things have come up that have prevented updates. I was unable to attend my planned trip ...
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Shiawassee River originating near Holly, MI in OaklandCounty even has a Smartphone App - The iShiawassee - available at Apple iTunes Store. Saginaw Bay watershed is a real gem.
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Time to celebrate Michigan's National Park Service locations
The shores of Lake Michigan as seen from the sand dunes on South Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The lakeshore is one of seven sites in Michigan administered by the National Park Service. Everyone is celebrating the National Park S...
The shores of Lake Michigan as seen from the sand dunes on South Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The lakeshore is one of seven sites in Michigan administered by the National Park Service. Everyone is...
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Negwegon State Park: A jewel on Michigan's Sunrise Coast
A look north along the trail toward South Point at Negwegon State Park. A sign for the Pewabic campsite is passed by our group hiking. So much is talked about when it comes to west Michigan. The Lake Michigan lakeshore is a beautiful part of the state, comp...
A look north along the trail toward South Point at Negwegon State Park. A sign for the Pewabic campsite is passed by our group hiking. So much is talked about when it comes to west Michigan. The Lake Michigan lakeshore is a b...
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Flashback Friday: Backpacking Nordhouse Dunes on Lake Michigan
The sunset over Nordhouse Dunes last May. A map found on trail. The weather is (supposedly) warming up in Michigan, though I swear it's snowed more so far in April than it did in January here in my Oakland County home. But warmer temps are coming, and that ...
The sunset over Nordhouse Dunes last May. A map found on trail. The weather is (supposedly) warming up in Michigan, though I swear it's snowed more so far in April than it did in January here in my Oakland County home. But ...
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Yep, this sentiment still applies today.
 
Once again, always forget this site exists. 
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Some photos from the Detroit Zoo, for the folks who still use this service.
Photos from the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. Photos could be from all seasons.
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Once again, always forget this site exists. 
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Me, too! Until a number pops up next to the app icon. 
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Yet another outdoor adventure at Island Lake State Recreation Area, although this time with a plethora of snow
The snowy, snowy scene at Island Lake State Rec Area near Brighton this past weekend. The perfect weather for sledding. Since my trip to Island Lake State Recreation Area is becoming an annual thing, typing out a recap begins to get old after three years. I...
The snowy, snowy scene at Island Lake State Rec Area near Brighton this past weekend. The perfect weather for sledding. Since my trip to Island Lake State Recreation Area is becoming an annual thing, typing out a recap begins...
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I'm fairly certain it should be easy to distinguish me. There aren't that many David Veselenak's out there.
Introduction
I'm a journalist, online coordinator, political scientist, outdoorsman, soccer referee, casual disc golfer and native Michigander who loves his state.
Education
  • Central Michigan University
    Journalism/Political Science, 2006 - 2010
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Reporter and online coordinator
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  • Observer and Eccentric
    Reporter, 2012 - present
  • Heritage Media
    Reporter and online coordinator, 2011 - 2012
  • The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, Mich.)
    News Intern
  • Central Michigan Life
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  • Oakridge Market
    Cashier
  • The Grand Rapids Press
    News Intern
  • The Bay City Times
    News Intern
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Troy, MI
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Shelby Township, Mich. - Southfield, Mich. - Clinton, Mich. 49236 - Royal Oak, Mich. - Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Grand Rapids, Mich. - Bay City, Mich.
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Clean, friendly staff. Good place to crash.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
We're one day in, but it seems nice. Rooms are a bit dated, but view is good. So far, so good.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
My taste in beer may not be extensive, but since this was the brewery on the island, we had to check it out. I wish they shipped their beer to Michigan, I enjoyed it so much. The Koko Brown is different, made with the toasted coconut, something we don't see much in the Midwest. Perhaps it was the exotic sense of the beer, but it was great to sample Hawaiian beers, and the food was good too. Server was very kind and helpful, and made our experience pleasant. I'm longing to go back to Hawaii, and would make this at least one night's stop.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Had to wait originally 45 minutes for a table, but became only 30 after a while. Portions were very generous, plan to share a meal if its just two people, since we had enough leftovers for lunches the next two days. Food is very good, and the server we had was very attentive and positive to speak with. Of course it's aimed at tourists, but it wouldn't stop us from going again, if we're on the leeward side of Oahu. I would recommend highly.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Room smelled of smoke and marijuana, carpet was dirty. Was happy to have only spent about 8 hours total there.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Thought Hawaiian barbecue would be tastier, just turned out to be really mediocre food. My wife's orange chicken was so deep fried, you couldn't even tell it was chicken anymore. My pineapple chicken was alright, but I'm not sure it was chicken; it was covered in fat and tough. Not a place I would recommend anyone head to.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
A great resort experience, so happy we stayed here during our weeklong trip to Oahu than a hotel in Waikiki. Facilities were wonderful, the view of the ocean was unbeatable and the location was quiet but not far from most activities (as long as you had a rental car). The only thing preventing me from giving this place all "excellent" marks was the service on the last day. We checked our bags at the bellhop station after we checked out, a service they offer to visitors with later flights back to the mainland. We dropped them off and came back 90 minutes later, only to find they had sent our bags to the airport with another tourist group, not bothering to check the tag number to make sure the correct bags were being loaded. We had to wait over an hour before leaving to have our bags returned to the hotel. They were unapologetic about the incident, with each employee passing the blame to someone else. What's the point of tagging bags if you're not going to check and make sure someone doesn't walk away with the wrong one? It was a poor way to end a wonderful week. I still say go, but don't trust the bellhops with your luggage, who knows when you'll see them again if you do.
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago