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Fun on the lake . . . and Kitch-iti-kipi!
Off for a morning bike ride, 14 July 2019
Pedal quietly, Billy's sleeping.
Must have had a late night.
It's time for some fun.
Poised for the leap
No intention of leaving anyone behind. Honest.
Not as easy as it seemed. Hydrobikes are hard to tip over, but it can be done.
Looking for the next adventure
It's not fast enough for professional water-skiing, but it will do for now.
Especially with kicking
Exhausting work, time for a break
Coming in to Adjidaumo, the centre island
Looking for the eagles
The two eagles' nests, but nobody in residence at the moment
Time for another nap
Badly eroded shoreline -- down to the tree roots
One of the effects of badly eroded shorelines -- trees falling over into the lake
A meeting of the minds, or rather of the lake vehicles
The hydrobike and pedalboard parade, 14 July 2019 (Bastille Day)
-- Pedalers, take your marks!
This is the Palms Book Michigan State Park, featuring, improbably enough, Kitch-iti-kipi, the "Big Spring", just 500 metres up the creek from Indian Lake and 14km (9mi) north of the Garden Peninsula on Lake Michigan.
No stealing the minnows!
The Big Spring is a small pool (60m across) formed by clear upwelling water in sandy bubbles, with lots biggish fish.
Aw schucks, we missed the boat. We'll be idling on shore for 10 minutes.
Out it goes, tugged along a slender steel cable.
Mind your step!
The boat's finally coming back in.
We're next, let's go.
Looking at the bottom down an interior window
Our vehicle is tourist-powered by tugging on a huge wheel to carry it along the cable, and it's taking forever to get to the good stuff.
That's pretty good, but it's still not the good stuff.
Well, wasn't that fun!
Bad news at Kitch-iti-kipi: On 30 July 2019, it was reported that a rogue tourist had been photographed swimming in the pond. The hunt is on, and 'TV6 and FOX UP will provide updates as they become available'.
A quick visit to a state park picnic ground on Indian Lake, Michigan
We're being observed.
We're killing time until dinner.
Okay, it must be nearly time for dinner.
We're in for the night in the Terrace Bay Inn just north of Escanaba by Gladstone on the Little Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan. A little the worse for wear, but inexpensive, clean, and boasting a very satisfactory restaurant.
Shoreside at the Terrace Bay Inn
The convivial scene, from the rather unappealing swimming pool room
A preprandial stroll
Coastal wetlands on the western side of the Little Bay de Noc
The Terrace Bay dining room, called the Freshwater Tavern
We're waiting for a window table to come free.
Our table's ready.