Kitch-iti-Kipi

2018 West, Michigan, Road Trip

Apparently even native Michiganders have trouble problem the name of this Big Spring near Manistique on Michigan’s UP. But whether or not you can pronounce Kitch-iti-kipi, it’s a place you should visit. It’s a State Park that interprets the natural features of this 10,000 gallon a minute spring named Mirror of Heaven by the Native Americans. It’s reminiscent of a 1960s tourist attraction. To visit the spring you ride a raft guided by a cable and powered by park visitors operating a wheel and guided by a cable. There’s a viewing space in the center of the raft to give you a look at the underwater flora and fauna as well as the water bubbling up through the limestone and sand. We also checked out the gift shop and came away with a sticker, postcards, and a couple of ice cream cones. Staying with the Michigan tourist theme one of us got a Mac Island Fudge ice cream! Back in the parking lot as we were putting the Michigan and a couple of the Great Lakes stickers on we got into a conversation with a delightful couple doing a cross country tent camping trip and gave them a T@B tour since they mentioned that the ground seems to be getting harder these days.

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