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Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring, Palm Book State Park, Upper Peninsula

Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring, Palms Book State Park, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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  • make most of our discoveries on our own by setting out on a deliberate course or by making a wrong turn (no GPS in our vehicle) and stumbling across something cool.
  • follow-up on tips from readers and tourism office experts, and occasionally join a media tour or take an individual, guided press trip.
  • often pay for our travels and meals on our dime, although sometimes we are offered a press rate and we do accept invitations from destination marketing offices, lodging properties, museums or restaurants if we think they will be of interest to our readers.
  • accept review copies of books, music, films, gear and other consumables, but often purchase the items we write about.
  • generally feature only those things we’ve experienced first-hand, but at the Great Lakes Gazette Blog we post info about upcoming events, contests, free resources, trivia and places we’d like to visit that sound interesting enough to share and have put on our “To Do” list.

At all times we promise to share our honest impressions and useful information in the most entertaining way we know how.

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