Summer Trip to Michigan

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Summer Trip to Michigan

Post by rockmastermike » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:48 pm

My wife is born in Saginaw (que Lefty Frizzell) and she is "Sagninawesome" :lol: so we flew into Detroit and drove around the Mitten - about 1100 miles.

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From Detroit we drove to Ann Arbor to see the Big House

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Back in the rental and onto to Spring Arbor where she was raised and we saw her house, every friend's house, where she had hot dogs (Frosty Boy) and where she went to elementary and high school (Western High School)

After a quick bite at the aforementioned Frosty Boy we headed to Kalamazoo - home of the mighty Western Michigan University - she and Mike (demer) are both Broncos

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Spent the Night in K-Town and had dinner at Bell's Brewery and the next morning breakfast at Uncle Ernie's Pancake House - yes the pancakes were as good as advertised.

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We headed to the coast and drove up Lake Michigan with first stop in South Haven

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One of the little cut-outs on M22 we stopped to look over Lake Michigan. There was a "Kindness Rock Project" - Take one/Leave one with a kind message

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Continuing North and lunch in Grand Haven

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A couple off cool things along M22 - B-17 in Manistee and Snowmobile signs (saw a horse/buggy sign but missed the picture)

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Rolled into Frankfort for dinner and family

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Spent time on the 7-Spot....Pamela's dad's boat

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Sunsets are an event where 100's gather and when the sun sets everyone applauds to thank the sun for a beautiful day

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The famous Cherry Hut - yes - the cherry pies are delicious

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Point Betsie Light House

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Everyone loves a Parade

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My Youngest - "Clear the Pier" into Lake Michigan

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Sleeping Bear Dunes - hard to capture the scale and slope of the dunes - miles of steep sand hiking. You reach one level only to see another range of dunes. And Repeat

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Back in the car and to Leland / Fishtown - Fishtown was a primitive fishing town back in the 1800's and now the shanties have been turned into boutiques

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Crossing "Big Mac" the Mackinac Bridge (5 miles) to the Upper Peninsula to hang out with the Yoopers

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Old Mackinac City Light House

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Down South to Frankenmuth and Bronners - World's Largest Christmas Store

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Finally full circle and back in Detroit for dinner at Big Boy

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Post by JP Chestnut » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:52 pm

You did more cool stuff on your vacation than I've done living here for six years. I live about a mile away from the big house. If you make it back, hit me up. I'll give you a tour of the business school.

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Post by Chocodove » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:54 pm

Excellent photo travelogue. Good stuff, Mike.
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Post by 59yukon01 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:59 pm

Glad to see you enjoying your "break" in life. Also there's nothing like a Super Big Boy, which reminds me I haven't had one in a long time.
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Re: Summer Trip to Michigan

Post by rockmastermike » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:05 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:52 pm
You did more cool stuff on your vacation than I've done living here for six years. I live about a mile away from the big house. If you make it back, hit me up. I'll give you a tour of the business school.
Thanks, Jacob - it was a series of "hit-n-run" stops up one side, down the other and across in places - fun trip
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:54 pm
Excellent photo travelogue. Good stuff, Mike.
Thanks, brother
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:59 pm
Glad to see you enjoying your "break" in life. Also there's nothing like a Super Big Boy, which reminds me I haven't had one in a long time.
We decided eat there just because my youngest had never had a Big Boy before - #parentingdoneright
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Post by BBK357 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:36 pm

Very cool.
So moke and your wife knew each other back in the day?


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Post by demer03 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:46 am

So bummed we were up north when you game to Grand Haven. See you had lunch at the Snug harbor deck.

Love living here. Hope it was enjoyable bud.
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demer03 wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:46 am
So bummed we were up north when you game to Grand Haven. See you had lunch at the Snug harbor deck.

Love living here. Hope it was enjoyable bud.
Snug Harbor was followed by dessert at the Pump House...."more pumpy, less grumpy" as they say

Grand Haven is/was beautiful and full off life...I can see why you love living there.
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Post by demer03 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:41 am

I do, man. I wanted to show you around. :crybaby:
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Post by unsub073 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:14 am

Really cool pictures. My wife's family lives in Grand Haven. I've been up there 5 or 6 times over the last 12 years for Coast Guard Festival.

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Post by demer03 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:24 am

unsub073 wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:14 am
Really cool pictures. My wife's family lives in Grand Haven. I've been up there 5 or 6 times over the last 12 years for Coast Guard Festival.
What the heck?? Lemme know!
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Re: Summer Trip to Michigan

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:38 am

Super cool Mike and great pics. Hell I thought all of the Big Boy's in the US closed down years ago.

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