It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal blog post. (I know because my last Northern Michigan blog post had snow in it.) Now it’s June and tourists are flocking from all over, hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes, ordering from food trucks at Little Fleet, and driving to see the cherry trees on Old Mission Peninsula. It’s like someone suddenly turned on a switch and brought Traverse City to life. It’s a really pleasant contrast to the slow-paced winter season here in Northern Michigan. As a Traverse City Photographer, I’ve really come to appreciate all the sunshine and the hustle and bustle of spring.

Spring on Old Mission is a Traverse City Photographer’s Paradise

I’ve been enjoying the orchards on Old Mission Peninsula as well. This may be my new favorite place to photograph. I absolutely love the drive out to the Old Mission Lighthouse. In the past month, I’ve photographed three family shoots and one couples shoot out on Old Mission. Check out my post Old Mission Family Photographer – Traverse City, MI. There are surprisingly a lot of places to explore on the peninsula like Old Mission Lighthouse, Pyatt Lake, and Bonobo Winery.

That first photo is Reiko. He’s a super energetic Aussie, Collie, Heeler mix. I’ve never met anyone more enthusiastic about getting outside. No matter the weather here in Northern Michigan, Reiko is always up for an adventure. Lately, we’ve been enjoying rollerblading along Old Mission. We’ve also backpacked new trails along Jordan River Valley and even got our feet wet in the chilly Lake Michigan water. I’m super excited about this spring and looking forward to many more adventures with this dude. Bela also has joined us on a few adventures. You may have seen from my Instagram posts that Bela just a got a fancy new bike trailer.

Scouting the Coolest Places to Photograph in Traverse City

You’ll see from my photos that I’ve been hanging with this really cool person named Andrea. (And I’ve pretty much adopted her dogs as my adventure buddies.) This spring, Andrea and I have enjoyed backpacking Jordan River Valley, kayaking the Boardman River, and geocaching Old Mission Peninsula. Yes, me and my girlfriend Andrea are geo-dweebs. I feel like most people have heard of it by now. If you don’t know, geocaching is a sport where you look for tupperware in the woods and other public places. So if you see us walking in circles in downtown Traverse City, that’s probably what we’re doing. Actually, geocaching has brought us to some pretty cool places. I’ve found some great spots along Old Mission and the Leelanau Peninsula. Also, I have twice as many geocaching finds as Andrea, so that’s pretty cool.

And finally, one of my favorite adventures this spring has been backpacking Jordan River Valley. Outside of Reiko’s little run in with a porcupine and some pretty nasty mosquitos, we had a great adventure exploring this lesser known trail in Northern Michigan. Andrea and I are committed to getting into shape. We’re planning a backpacking adventure in Virginia later this month. We hiked the dune climb in the rain yesterday and we’re hoping to get a lot more miles in this week. I’ll be bringing my camera, so expect a lot more photos coming soon.

Josh Hartman – Traverse City Photographer

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