Tag: John Griffee

A Walk in the Woods: Rebirth

By: John Griffee Staff-Writer Around the world, spring marks the rebirth and resurrection of what once was lost to winter. Spring holds a deep significance in a multitude of cultures and faiths, representing wholly a time of change. This sentiment of rebirth stems from the way that our surroundings begin to shift and transform in

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A Walk in the Woods: Love Creek County Park

By: John Griffee Columnist Huckleberry Road in Berrein County hosts the entry way to Love Creek County Park. Love Creek is a 200 acre natural area that offers six miles of winding trails, with paths for mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The entrance to Love Creek is easy to pass up on the first drive

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A Walk in the Woods: Remnants of the Kankakee

By: John Griffee Staff Writer Long before South Bend’s establishment, there was a humble river that flowed through the area, influencing the course of history and the shaping of our environment: The Kankakee River. Though the Kankakee has lost most of its grandeur and size due to human intervention, the river still flows through the

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A Walk in the Woods: The sounds of spring

By: John Griffee Staff-Writer You only have to turn your ears to skies to hear the first signs of spring’s impending arrival. It was just four months ago that tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes were departing from Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Refuge.  At peak, there was upwards of 30,000 cranes booking their winter travel plans for

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A Walk in the Woods: Winter hiking safety

By: John Griffee Staff Writer Signs of spring have begun to creep into the projected weather forecasts, with temperatures rising and snowdrifts shrinking. While the weather is beginning to turn around after a period of strong winter storm fronts, hikers still need to take precautions when heading out to local parks. With the snow piles

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Drive safe this winter

By: John Griffee Staff Columnist Those that call Michiana home are intimately familiar with the brutality of winter. Windows ice over, thermometers drop inconceivably low and the weather forecasts keep mentioning the unholy phrase, “Polar Vortex.” As winter storms continue to hit the area, it is important to understand how to stay safe during this

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Indiana: Birdwatcher’s Heaven

By: John Griffee Columnist  Those that visit park websites for information in the area may see a common theme that pops up in a majority of park features: the Indiana Birding Trail. While Indiana is considered a mundane state compared to other hotspots, the state is home to an incredibly diverse amount of avian life. 

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A walk in the woods: Brandywine Creek Nature Park

By: John Griffee Columnist It’s easy to miss Brandywine Creek Nature Park. The small parking lot sits along South Third Street near Niles, plain-looking, and simple to overlook, made more difficult with the pavement caked in fresh snowfall. Brandywine Creek is similar to many small parks that are dotted all across the country in the

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