10 Days: Days 1-3

One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Chesire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered.  “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
— from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Where to begin?  I can’t even keep track of all the great stuff we did and saw.

We left for Detroit on Friday morning and arrived somewhere around 6pm.  On the way, somewhere in Ohio, we passed the Happy Hooker Bait Shop, which made me giggle for about a mile.  We also stopped at a place we discovered on the way home from Detroit at Christmas: Beef Jerky Unlimited.  And it’s just what it sounds like: barrels and barrels of all types and flavors of jerky, though not just beef – they have pork and turkey jerky (hee) too.  Here’s a picture from Christmas:

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The sign on the door prohibited pictures, so I can’t show you the awesomeness inside.  I did take a picture of the sign, though.IMG_1261

Friday night, we went bowling with David’s best friend from home.  Despite my fancy purple bowling shoes, I only broke 100 once in three games.  But at least there was beer.

On Saturday, we went to The Henry Ford.  We only had enough time to tour the museum, but they have some great stuff.  Unfortunately, the pictures are on David’s computer at the moment, so I can’t show you the museum-worthy Ford Taurus.  Maybe later.  The best part of the whole museum, though, is the Dymaxion House.  I want one of these round, aluminum houses so much.  Sadly, Mr. Fuller’s financing fell through and only one of them was ever actually built.  The Graham family lived in the house, but they built around it so it looked like this.  They eventually donated it to The Henry Ford Museum, and my dreams of living in it are forever dashed.  Boo.

Saturday night we headed to Dave & Busters with David’s friends for some fun games.  I had never played table shuffleboard (or whatever it’s called) before, but it was fun.  Must put that on the list of things to have in the game room of our fantasy house.  David kicked my butt in air hockey, despite my best trash talk.  We amassed somewhere in the neighborhood of 3500 tickets that night, but we opted not to cash any in – they didn’t have anything good in the prize room.

Sunday we had a birthday lunch for David with his dad’s family, which was lovely.  After, we played some games with his brother and step-mom, including Clue, which I haven’t played in ages.  David won 3 out of 4 games.  I won zero. Awesome.

We had always talked about getting out of town, at least overnight, during our stay in Detroit, but we hadn’t decided where to go.  Around dinner time, we started discussing it in earnest, and tossed out Toronto (we knew there was more we wanted to do there than our brief trip from Buffalo would allow), Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and “Up North.”  We had considered Chicago before we left on the trip and dismissed it because David said the Cubs were out of town.  Well, we double checked Sunday evening, and he had been wrong.  We saw that we were able to get tickets, which meant I could fulfill #64 on the list (go to three Major League ballparks I’ve never been to) in this one trip, and that sealed the deal.  We quickly booked a hotel and packed a bag, and left for Chicago at 8pm, and arrived around 1am Monday morning.  That’s the most spontaneous trip I’ve ever been on in my life, and it was so fun!

And I’ll tell you all about it next time!

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