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Hemingway Adventure

Little Traverse Bay, Michigan

Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventurePresiding over this small arsenal is a helpful, soft-spoken man called John who wouldnt have been out of place as a parish priest. Hes proud of his business. He sees those who hunt and shoot as protectors of a public environment threatened by private development. The forests of north Michigan, he claims, are being systematically destroyed to provide land for leisure. There are now nineteen golf courses in the immediate area. He and his wife came to north Michigan to get away from urban life only to find it followed them.

He shakes his head. Weve lost a lot of things we moved up here for.

I ask what he might recommend for a first-timer and he lovingly selects a double-barrelled Wheatherby with a burr-walnut stock engraved in silver to his own design and by his own hand. Its a handsome well-crafted piece of work which would set me back two thousand dollars. But Im a foreigner without a licence so he cant sell it to me anyway.

He suggests that if I want some action without the capital investment I should try a gun club if I have time. I tell him Im on my way back to Chicago and he grins broadly.

Well, no problem.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Little Traverse Bay, Michigan
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Indian River, Michigan
  • Book page no: 32

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