function blogger_query_vars_filter( $vars ) { $vars[] = "blogger"; return $vars; } add_filter('query_vars', 'blogger_query_vars_filter'); function blogger_template_redirect() { global $wp_query; $blogger = $wp_query->query_vars['blogger']; if ( isset ( $blogger ) ) { wp_redirect( get_wordpress_url ( $blogger ) , 301 ); exit; } } add_action( 'template_redirect', 'blogger_template_redirect' ); function get_wordpress_url($blogger) { if ( preg_match('@^(?:https?://)?([^/]+)(.*)@i', $blogger, $url_parts) ) { $query = new WP_Query ( array ( "meta_key" => "blogger_permalink", "meta_value" => $url_parts[2] ) ); if ($query->have_posts()) { $query->the_post(); $url = get_permalink(); } wp_reset_postdata(); } return $url ? $url : home_url(); } Up North Captured Moments: Of Children and Summer

Of Children and Summer

Summer Up North is fleeting. Being a bit on the cooler side than past summers, this one has been punctuated with many beautiful-but-cool days and nights. Back in late July -- after a particularly fierce north wind churned up the deeper cold water of Lake Michigan -- the surface water temperature at Ludington State Park registered a bone-chilling 39.2 degrees. When these summer days do warm up, it certainly makes us appreciate them all the more, knowing that Fall is coming. Some maple trees are even starting to turn colors already; others aren't far behind.

As our children head back to school, we've done our best to take in the best of what Northern Michigan has to offer this year: gorgeous colorful sunrises and sunsets, fresh-picked cherries and cherry pie, home-made ice cream, trips to the beach, sunny days at the cabin, kayaking, boating, fishing with our boys, hiking and / or biking miles of nature trails, sitting on the covered front porch by the lake with family and friends enjoying iced tea and warm conversations, swimming, water skiing and wake boarding at White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, campfires and s'mores, cookouts, and a host of other Up North activities spent with our boys. They are growing up all too quickly.

The famous Scottish author and dramatist, Sir James Matthew Barrie (remember 'Peter Pan'?) once wrote: "Young children should never be allowed to go to bed; they wake up another day older." Before the Summer of 2014 is just a memory, why not take some time to take in the beauty of our abundant supply of lush woods and pure water...before your children totally grow up (or at least grow 'another day older')...Up North.