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David Veselenak
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Attended Central Michigan University
Lives in Shelby Township, Mich.
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Looking ahead to 2014, several local trips on the radar
Reviewing my post from earlier this year on where I'd like to go in 2013 , I realized only one of those trips actually happened. It happens, but with less vacation time this year because of a trip with my new wife to Hawaii, I suppose it was bound to happen...
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What's that? You need to know more about Frankenstein during this Halloween week? Well, alright.
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Oh hey Google Plus, I keep forgetting you're here. And every time I remember, you change your interface.
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The J-stroke on the Manistee River is the best way to stay out of the brush
The Manistee River in early October is a wonderful trip to take. It's too bad (or is it?) others don't take advantage of the water and the autumn colors that comes with it. Most people don't spend a weekend in October canoeing in northern Michigan. That act...
The Manistee River in early October is a wonderful trip to take. It's too bad (or is it?) others don't take advantage of the water and the autumn colors that comes with it. Most people don't spend a weekend in October canoein...
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The "natural" view of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
It's not a typical topic that gets posted on this blog, but with all the photos my wife and I took this weekend at Grand Rapids' ArtPrize...
It's not a typical topic that gets posted on this blog, but with all the photos my wife and I took this weekend at Grand Rapids' ArtPrize, I  wanted to find some way to share there here. Many of the pieces involve the outdo...
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My own list of the "7 Wonders of Michigan" which my employer is running a poll on. 
Last week, the Detroit Free Press (and later, my employer, the Observer and Eccentric) posted a survey asking for the Seven Wonders of Michigan: a list of the top seven "wonders" of the great state. The newspapers are looking...
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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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Lansing State Journal profiles dwindling Isle Royale wolf population
Every few months, I stumble across a post on the wolf-moose relationship found on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. I've seen these pieces in publications such as The New York Times  and typically take the time to read them throughout. But one recently caught m...
Every few months, I stumble across a post on the wolf-moose relationship found on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. I've seen these pieces in publications such as The New York Times and typically take the time to read them throug...
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If it wasn't for the rain, this would've been the perfect fall canoe trip. Instead, it poured and poured and poured.
The Manistee River in early October is a wonderful trip to take. It's too bad (or is it?) others don't take advantage of the water and the autumn colors that comes with it. Most people don't spend a weekend in October canoein...
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A bit of a stretch for my outdoors blog, but I wanted to find a way to share some photos from this weekend.
It's not a typical topic that gets posted on this blog, but with all the photos my wife and I took this weekend at Grand Rapids' ArtPrize, I  wanted to find some way to share there here. Many of the pieces involve the outdo...
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Another visit to a local state park. Didn't get a chance to see too much, but was nice for something different.
Beautiful Proud Lake. While not featured in this photo, the lake was full of canoes this past weekend. My family typically spends each holiday weekend at the beginning and end of summer camping. Although while most people in ...
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I'm a journalist, online coordinator, political scientist, outdoorsman, soccer referee, casual disc golfer and native Michigander who loves his state.
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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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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 to fairDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year 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 - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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 - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My car broke down while driving across the state, and I found myself stumbling into Norm's late one Saturday with urgent car trouble. I tried a few other places, but Norm's was the one that was open. I thought I wouldn't be able to complete my trip to Grand Rapids, but Norm and his crew worked quickly to help this out-of-towner get his catalytic converter replaced at a great price within 3 hours. He was very accommodating, and I can't thank him enough. If you're ever in South Lyon and need some car work, this is the only place to go.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago