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18 June 2012 @ 06:18 pm

(Oops . . . for some reason this didn't post yesterday ... )
We're happily ensconced in the Perry Hotel in Petosky, Michigan, where Hemingway and his family vacationed from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.  The Hemingway conference started yesterday, with a very pleasant musical review and a cocktail party with "substantial" munchies.  Very substantial, as the food tends to be in this neck of the woods.

Gay and I had a fine drive of a couple of hours through farmland with a little woods, all reminiscent of her family's Western Maryland.  Room wasn't ready yet, so we wandered the streets of Petosky.  A nice lunch at Uncle Lou's.

This grand old hotel was built in 1899, the year after Hemingway's birth.  I haven't nosed around looking for evidence of his passage.   (I always have to think about the bar in Barcelona that has a plaque, "Ernest Hemingway Never Ate Here.")

Hemingway's reminiscences of his youth are complex and not remarkably happy, but I think he always loved this place, where he learned to fish and hunt.  (I've just seen a famous picture of the embryonic big-game hunter, a gangly teenager grinning over about twenty microscopic fish taken from this lake.)

About two hundred people showed up last night for the reception and concert.  Especially glad to see

Strange how everybody else seems to be two years older, while Gay and I continue unfazed.

Off to the opening ceremonies.

pds_litpds_lit on June 18th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Glad you are enjoying the area I grew up in.
layne_ilayne_i on June 19th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love that area. I've always said if later in life I have enough extra income, I want a house up there. Waterfront property, let alone just property, up there is insane, though.

A buddy of mine has a wood cabin on Hemingway Point on the Southern shore of Lake Charlevoix, went up there a bunch in the '90s. I always laugh when people say,' It's nice somewhere in Michigan?' 9 times out of 10 their entire MI experience is Detroit. People that have never been on a Great Lake don't realize it can feel like an ocean and if one has never been to N Michigan, there are some of the most beautiful places in the country. Enjoy.
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on June 19th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
It is indeed gorgeous, but way beyond the reach of mere mortals. We saw a small Victorian two-story house in town that had just gone on the market at 1.2 million.
dionysus1999dionysus1999 on June 19th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
That explains why I couldn't get rooms this weekend. My wife and I are planning a trip to Petoskey right after the 4th to ride the Little Traverse Wheelway. I think you can rent bikes in Petoskey, too.
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on June 22nd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Saw a place on Rte 31, dionysus. Haven't checked the rates -- too busy.