In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. Her presentation and book chronicles that journey, a 1,000-mile walk around the world’s fifth-largest lake. She explores both the geology of the lake and the measure of herself. Most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discovery of self and place. Niewenhuis conveys a sense of the magnitude of the lake she loves, a place so elemental to the states which form its shores. Day by day, from a ground-level perspective, her hike explored the natural and human history of Lake Michigan. Her presentation raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.