Day 72, Tuesday, September 25, 2018
In and around Kalamazoo, Michigan
After more than two months on the road, my car was a bit of a mess. Staying at my Aunt and Uncle’s place gave me a great opportunity for reorganizing! You get a few weird looks anywhere when you are laying all of your possessions out on the driveway, but at least this way I could put it out on the concrete and not on campground dirt.
Mom and Dad had 16 jars of cherry preserves that they wanted me to fit in the car, since they had flown out to Michigan on that trip. Cherry preserves are tough to find out here in Washington – it is apparently a regional flavor! So I spent a few hours retucking, consolidating, folding and rounding up strays that morning – soon enough I had a neat, controlled environment in the camping car again! Then it was time for an afternoon of fun with my cousin!
Megan and I headed over first to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to see some of their exhibits. Some of the art was very sexually risque, with an entire exhibit of contemporary art of naked men with erections. Not really my thing, but I guess art offers something for everyone. There was plenty of other art that was more to my taste, with elaborate blown glass, Western art, and some interesting sculpture. At any rate, it was a good visit to an art museum I hadn’t seen before.
Next up we did a quick stop at Henderson Castle, a Bed and Breakfast in Kalamazoo. It is a ten bedroom, seven bathroom castle that was built in 1895 for Frank Henderson and his wife Mary. Frank’s company made uniforms and regalia for secret societies, fraternal organizations and the military. It is a beautiful home and it would be fun to stay there!
We ended our afternoon with a couple of stops at wineries in Paw Paw. We went to St. Julian; the wines were good, but sadly our server was very disengaged. It was unfortunate, because I always like hearing about the wines and talking with the server. I did buy a couple of their wines to take home; their sparkling Brut was delicious and I wish I had some now!
Last but not least we went to Lawton Ridge, which was a winery I have visited before in Paw Paw. We shared our flights so we could try more wines, and enjoyed several. I ended up buying a bottle and a cute wine t-shirt. It was a fun visit!
After our day out, we went home to my Aunt and Uncle’s house and had burgers with pickles and olives, and corn on the cob. Yum! We watched TV for a bit, but then I went to bed early in order to do some route planning, so I could resume my travels the next morning. After a week with family, I would be hitting the road again!