Local Perspective.


We believe the Newaygo story is best told by those experiencing it first hand. Our site content is developed in collaboration with local contributors that love to Go Exploring. Have a something you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!


Our Contributors

Wendy Sinicki has been checking out the trails, paths and scenic dirt roads in Newaygo County since she was looking for a way to tire out her kids when they were toddlers. They are now out of college and she has more time to explore, but instead of running, she just walks. When not outside, she enjoys writing and reading.

Wendy Sinicki

Carmen Faulkner is an avid travel enthusiast who grew up in Newaygo County. When she isn’t on the road, she splits her time between her home in Newaygo and the mountains of British Columbia. Her love for all things outdoors is paralleled only to her appreciation of food, coffee, and craft beer. You can find her in our community kayaking down the Muskegon River, hiking the North Country Trail, or enjoying the small businesses of downtown Newaygo.
Carmen Faulkner

Samantha Breza is a life-long native of Newaygo County. She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A.  She enjoys reading, writing, and taking long walks.

Samantha Breza

Nick Smith moved to Newaygo County in 2016. As a kid Nick developed a passion for the outdoors while camping in West Michigan every summer with his grandfather.  Nick enjoys hunting, camping, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Nick Smith

Esther Jiran finds joy creating comfort for others, either through writing romantic comedies with happy endings or sewing fidget quilts that calm restless hands and minds. In between these moments, her time is occupied keeping her children’s minds and bodies busy and their bottomless tummies full or by running as much as she can.

Esther Jiran

Life is a highway… I want to ride it…Those are the words to a song from the movie “Cars” It’s about a famous road in the USA that few have traveled but many have longed for, they long for the simple times, and closer family life that was so common during the days of Route 66.

That’s my love. A time in the past… A place you can time warp back to and see how life was at a slower pace. There’s not much of that you can still find in the world today. But that’s why I travel… To see the world and how it is…… and what it was like.

I was born and raised in Newaygo County. I went to Newaygo Public School and graduated in 1981. (Don’t tell anyone I’m that old) I started with photography in the 80’s with and old film camera and fell in love with taking pictures. I worked for Kodak in the early 2000’s as a sales rep selling digital cameras and had some training over the years with them. Most of what I’ve learned has been over the internet and practice, practice…

I got the travel bug at an early age and have traveled with my family over the years. I have worked in the travel industry for different companies and that has given me the chance to travel the world. It has opened the door to many places and given me a new look on life. There is a big wonderful world just past Newaygo County. The people are different, but… a lot alike… and that’s not a bad thing.

Some of the places I love to visit in the past few years have been the National Parks, Route 66, and most recently Cuba. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them and talking about my adventures. What’s next… Who knows… Iceland, Brazil, China, the 7 wonders of the world…. Maybe Newaygo County and the rest of Michigan. Life is a highway, Don’t run out of gas on this adventure.

Mark Andrews

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If you are a Newaygo enthusiast we would love to hear your story idea or see your photography. Let’s talk!