Again, we’ve been out of communication for awhile and for that, I apologize. But we had the opportunity to travel again – this time to Michigan – home to most of my extended family! It was a crazy week, trying to get ready to go, and the night before we were supposed to fly out, I had to work until almost 8:30 when we decided to keep working on a contract negotiations that was so close to a settlement! After work on Wednesday, September 5, Jon and I drove down to Seattle, had a delicious dinner with Jon’s sister and brother-in-law, and flew out on a non-stop red-eye to Detroit, due to arrive at 6:10 am. Our flight was completely booked!
The purpose of the trip was two-fold – my cousin was getting married in East Lansing on the Michigan State University campus, and my grandmother is 95. It worked out that I could squeeze a week’s vacation in between my coworkers’ time off and get enough of a reprieve from union negotiations to get 5 full days with no negotiations at work. Once I had those days scheduled I had to guard them with my life though – there were several times I was asked about these dates – not available!
Obviously, the red-eye has its drawbacks, one of which is not getting a great night’s sleep on the plane. We learned on our trip to the South that we can make it through the day without much sleep, as long as we don’t have too long of a drive after we get there. The days leading up to the trip were really busy, so we didn’t have that long to research a few things to do. I did have a few things on the itinerary, for the couple of days we had before meeting up with the family.
The Motown Museum – Jon is a music fanatic, and this has been on his list for a long time. Motown is the record label founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. with an $800 family loan. The tour includes the studio where Motown hits were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Detroit Institute of Arts – We were debating about either visiting this world renowned art museum, or the Titanic artifact exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum. The Detroit Institute of Arts won out.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards – I won a gift certificate to their new cafe on a contest on a wine blog back in April. I was pleased, but we didn’t have a trip to Michigan scheduled at that time – so I had to wait until I would be visiting! So we made sure we would be able to visit!
And for Jon, Encore Records in Ann Arbor – Again Jon is a music fanatic, and on his bucket list is a goal to visit each of the top 25 best independent record stores in the nation (actually he only has to visit 24 now – since one has since closed). This record store would be his third. I just found out about this unique goal the other day – so I suppose I will be visiting record stores even more than I already do!
The rest of the trip would be played by ear – fitting in what we could in between visiting family and traveling to the next location. Now that we are home, I’ll tell you all about what we saw and did in upcoming posts! Stay tuned!