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About the Author

Dan Ellens
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Dan Ellens is an outdoor enthusiast who spends about 200 days a year living in his hand-built off-grid treehouse in the Michigan forest, with oil lamps, woodstove heat, and hand pumped water. He is retired from a full career in industry and international business, and currently promotes restoration of natural and agricultural land, self-reliant lifestyles, and outward-bound activities. His lifelong hobbies include woodworking, drawing, reading, outdoor recreation, and travel.

While Ellens lived in Germany as a child, and India as an adult, he has always called Michigan home. His extensive travels, which have encompassed much of the world, provide a broad range of cultural, historical, and geographic context to his life and writings. 

Books authored by Ellens include Turning Ten - Great Adventures in the Great Lakes, A Time for India, Building the Bunkee - A Photo Anthology of Custom Log Cabin Construction, and Treehouse Letters – The Unabridged Michigan Forest Life Journal.

Dan Ellens is a graduate of Calvin University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. His education continued with studies in Business Administration at Cleary University (BBA), and Michigan State University (MBA).

Dan Ellens can be contacted at: [email protected]


*****New DAN ELLENS Paperback Release May 30, 2022*****

Turning Ten - Great Adventures in the Great Lakes - 2nd Edition

We are excited to announce that the paperback version of Turning Ten - Great Adventures in the Great Lakes - 2nd Edition is now available for pre-order at your favorite book distributor, including BookBaby and Amazon.

First released in 2000 as the true story of four outdoor adventures made by ten-year-old children in the Great Lakes region with their father, the 2nd edition, scheduled for release on May 30, 2022, now includes a new chapter with 2022 reflections about the lasting legacy of these four trips, 30 years after the first turning ten adventures took place.

The book is intended for a new generation of parents who now have ten-year-old children of their own; some of whom will take their children on outward-bound adventures because their parents did so with them after reading the original book; others who are first-time outdoor enthusiasts looking to complete an adventure with their child ... an adventure they would have wanted to do with their own parents as a teen.

Those using Kindle format will find the eBook already available at Amazon.

Don't wait! Order your copy now! Pass on the word to friends and relatives with children of any age.

What people are saying about Turning Ten - 2nd Edition:

  • This book will definitely be an inspiration for any parent with young kids. A nice reminder that the great outdoors is a perfect place for connection. (5-star review at Amazon.)

  • This book chronicles the importance of not only introducing young adults to nature, it also shows the importance of being able to spend one-on-one quality time with them. You do not have to be a parent of a child in order to provide this experience, as you can mentor nieces, nephews, cousins, family friends, etc.. You just need to take the time to make a once-in-a- lifetime adventure possible. (5-star review at Amazon.)
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