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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2009-06-22 23:54
Subject: Last weekend
Security: Public
Location:Home and on my corner fo the couch
Mood:good
Music:The Investigators (on Tru tv)
Tags:rl, scrapbooking, travel
Friday afternoon [info]jebra and I went up to Houghton Lake to spend the weekend with his parents. Friday night we went out Chinese, did some shopping, then came back to the house to watch CNN, and (in my case) knit.

Saturday we got up earlier than we anticipated as [info]jebra's cousin, his wife, and their two girls had also come north for the weekend and stopped in. We had a nice time visiting with them, ate a late breakfast, then went to Arnie's (a locally-owned craft store) and the Tractor Supply Company for some recreational shopping. When we came back to the house, [info]jebra's mom cooked dinner, Gabe did something on his laptop, and I knit another Jayne hat. After dinner I finished the ear flaps on another pair of Jayne hats and read a book.

Sunday we slept in (although me moreso than [info]jebra), ate a leisurely breakfast, packed the car, and started the drive home. We decided we'd go via Mt. Pleasant and have lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant (Taco Boy). When we arrived in Mt. P we embarked on a driving tour, trying to find the places were we'd lived. This was a challenge because we left town some twenty-five years ago and we couldn't remember the house numbers, or in two cases, the name of the street. We did pretty good, finding five of the places where I used to live. I knew from a previous visit that my old place on Mission had been torn down and I'd heard that the place nearest campus had been demolished to make room for more student housing. As it turns out, that one was still there, but the first house I lived in when I moved off campus was gone.

After completing our tour we went to Taco Boy as planned, only to discover their building was once again empty. I noticed a sign on the door and we pulled into the parking lot. Happily, the sign indicated they'd moved up the street. Unhappily, once we found the new location, we discovered they were closed for Father's Day. We continued down Mission, hoping to find something that sounded good, but nothing did. When we reached Alma, we thought the Braveheart Pub sounded promising, but we soon discovered it was closed. We thought we'd end up having dinner in Lansing, but as we continued along the two lane roads we were traveling, I noticed a place with an amazing number of parked cars. We quickly recognized it as a restaurant and concluded that the food must be excellent to draw such a crowd. We stopped. The food was everything we hoped for.

After dinner we decided we were having so much fun taking the old state road that we should take them the rest of the way home. This stretched what would have been a three and a half hour trip to one that took eight hours, but it was relaxing and we saw some neat stuff.





 



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mbcrui
User: mbcrui
Date: 2009-06-23 11:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We once took US 12 from Chicago to Madison. We were going to take it all the way to Minneapolis, but it took us 12 hours to get to Madison (normally about a 3 hour trip). We sure had a good time, tho. We stopped at a million places, even found a bee keeper in the middle of nowhere that sold candles, and honey comb. And there are a dozen spinning and yarn shops around Whitewater Wisconsin. Who knew? :)
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jebra
User: jebra
Date: 2009-06-23 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When The Spouse and I married, we were living in downtown Detroit -- one block from the eastern terminus of US-12. We spent our honeymoon in Chicago and took US-12 the whole way.

It's something we haven't repeated. I enjoy US-12, but once you get as far as Gary, the stop lights every other block lessen its appeal. These days, we'll generally take it from US-23 to Port of Indiana. (If it's a return trip, we make it a point to stop at Drier's Meat Market in Three Oaks.)
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betagoddess: FoodMmmSweet!
User: betagoddess
Date: 2009-06-23 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:FoodMmmSweet!

What a nice, nostalgic trip. I love road trips like that. =>}

If it took you eight hours to get home after dinner, when the heck did you get home? Just wondering. =>}

And finally! A restaurant that knows what REAL strawberry SHORTcake is! Yum! That's the kind I always make. The local Quebec strawberries are great this year. I'll have to make shortcake soon! It's not as sweet as other cakes, so it's not too bad for J and his diabetes. =>}

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mbumby: scrapbook
User: mbumby
Date: 2009-06-30 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:scrapbook
Glad it was yummy food and not just The Only Place That's Open Today.

I remember when I learned that Elsie had died while I was a youngster I cried. (I also figured they'd need to change their logo.) Somehow the statue doesn't quite look like I imagined her though... is that her flower in the upper right?
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