Jim DuFresne is a Clarkston-based author of more than 20 guidebooks including Michigan's Best Campgrounds, Michigan: Off The Beaten Path and 50 Hikes in Michigan. He is also the main contributor to MichiganTrailMaps.com, a resource website providing trail users maps, descriptions and information on trails and paths in the Great Lakes State. His guide to the wilderness areas of Isle Royale has been in publication in various editions for more than 25 years and today is known as the "backpacker's bible" to the Lake Superior island.
The Most Beautiful Place in the USA: Sleeping Bear Dunes & Michigan's Other National Parks
Last year Good Morning America viewers voted Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the most beautiful place in the country, and Jim will talk about why Sleeping Bear and Michigan's other national parks are such stunning jewels and worthy destinations for travelers.
Alaska Marine Highway: Easy Travel for 50 Years
The Alaska Marine Highway system of ferry boats will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013 and Jim will focus on using the famous "blue canoes" to explore the best that Alaska has to offer. The Alaska State ferry system will not only carry you but also your recreational vehicle, and Jim talk about traveling from Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, stopping at towns along the way to enjoy glacier walks, kayaking adventures, halibut fishing and the famed White Pass & Yukon Railroad.
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