Caution! The following Michigan adventures should only be attempted under the guidance of trained people. A moderate to extreme tolerance for the uncomfortable is required.

Climb a frozen waterfall – Sandstone cliffs and dozens of waterfalls make Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore one of the best spots in the country to ice climb. Discover more at Munising’s Visitor Bureaus’s webpage. After you’re done, make the 30-minute trek West to explore the Eben Ice Caves.

Dogsled Racing – Treetops Resort in Gaylord is just one of the many locations you can feel the power of being pulled by over half a dozen huskies. Find more outfitters HERE and don’t miss out on one of the many dog sled races that happen each winter in the Mitten state.

Luge – Ever wonder where some olympians get their start in some of these winter sports? Well, just North of Muskegon is Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park where you can learn how to race down a tube of ice yourself. Don’t forget to look over a frozen Lake Michigan on just the other side of the road while you’re there.

Winter Backcountry Camping – All you non-campers are going to think this is nuts, but yes, camping is not just for the summer. Winter is a great time to commune with mother nature. Pack layers, a warm sleeping bag and an extra lighter. An extra tip is to pick-up a hammock tent to keep you off the snowy ground. Although the options are less in the winter, you can still find camping spots on Michigna’s DNR webpage or disperse camp at the nearly the 1 million acre Huron-Manastee National Forest land in the Lower Peninsula.

Polar Plunge – Set-up your own, or better yet, do it for a great cause! The Special OIympics of Michigan fundraises each winter Polar Plunge Michigan with locations throughout the state. 

Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. Find a location that’s close to you! You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season.

About the Author: Eric Rauch
Eric grew up near the Monroe Campus of 2|42 near the Ohio-Michigan border. He attended Eastern Michigan University and spent 10 years as a Civil Engineer managing construction and development projects. In 2009, he went on a mission trip with several other 2|42’ers and shortly thereafter he and his wife Stacy started getting plugged into the ministries at 2|42. After spending a couple years volunteering in kids ministries, Eric took on a part-time role as the Elementary kids director at the Ann Arbor campus and then in 2012 came on the staff team full-time. He currently oversees Ministry Operations for the church. Eric and Stacy have two kids, Skyler and Emery, who they love spending time and seeing God’s creation with. They have a family goal of traveling to all 50 states together before their oldest graduates high school.

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