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Hemingway Adventure

Little Traverse Bay, Michigan

Walloon Lake, Michigan, USA 
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Heading in to the sunset as I retrace the walk Hemingway used to take from Walloon Lake to Horton Bay - it's still across fields today.
Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureMy last morning in Michigan. I’m out running early along the shore of Little Traverse Bay which Hemingway reckoned was ‘more beautiful than the Bay of Naples’.

Today it’s hard to tell as a long white tongue of cloud seems trapped in the inlet, lying low over the water. The gentle slopes surrounding the lake rise clear of the mist and in the soft sunlight the turning leaves of oak and maple and aspen blaze like the last flames of a dying fire.

As we pack our bags I get talking to a couple in the car park.

‘We’re on the Colour Tour,’ they tell me. ‘We’ve waited all year for this.’

Indeed as we drive a meandering but photogenic course toward the airport at Traverse City, the scenic back-roads of north Michigan are full of people looking at trees, swerving with delight at a brazenly scarlet maple, braking ecstatically before a golden grove of birch. It’s pretty dangerous, this tree worship.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Little Traverse Bay, Michigan
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Little Traverse Bay, Michigan
  • Book page no: 31

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