Niagara Falls

We decided to break the drive from Detroit to Boston into two legs.  We could have done it one long day of driving, but we wanted to stop and see Niagara Falls.

We were told to go to the Canadian side of the falls because you could see more.  So we did just that.  To sum up, it was pretty much what I expected it to be.

Caleb had asked me if there was anything that I would like to do while we were there.  I was really interested in was going out on the Maid of the Mist.

We looked up the schedule and found out that it was the last day of the season for the boats and the last one left at 5:45.  It was going to be close, but we were hopeful that we’d make it in time.

We spent all morning and afternoon driving and finally got there.  The place just screams tourist trap!  Flashing neon and bright lights are everywhere.

When we got there we only had 10 minutes to get to the boat.  We figured we’d park and then run down to the dock.  Unfortunately, that was a no go.  When we got there the parking attendant said that we had missed the last one.

However, as we walked around and saw the last boat leave for the season I was a little bit thankful we weren’t on it.  It was almost six in the evening, the air was chilly and the spray from the falls was freezing.  I couldn’t imagine being soaked through to the bone on the boat.

We spent time taking pictures and walking around and then got back on the road.  Next up, Boston!

Sailing with Uncle Gregg

Before heading east, Caleb and I went to Detroit for a day to see my uncle, Gregg. After going to the cemetery to visit my grandparents’ graves, we spent the day sailing out on Lake Erie. I love sailing. I grew up sailing on my Dad’s catamaran in Indiana and occasionally with my Poppo on Lake St. Clair.

The weather cooperated for us even though it was late October in Michigan. It was a beautiful day and we got by with sweatshirts and light jackets.

Gregg showed us how to do a few things and we tried to help when we could, but for the most part, we just sat back and enjoyed the ride and our time with him. As with Uncle Steve, Gregg had not spent time with Caleb other than at the wedding, so it was nice for all of us to be able to sit and chat for a couple hours.

After packing up the boat we headed to Ann Arbor for dinner at a delicious Chinese restaurant. We then parted ways with Gregg and walked around Michigan’s campus for a bit. Don't tell Leb, but I thought Ann Arbor and the campus were beautiful!

The next morning on the way out of Detroit we stopped at the local bakery that my Bamma used to get her bread from. When my brother and I were kids we loved this bread. We used to eat it like candy. I remember running into the kitchen and asking Bamma for a slice of bread with butter. Probably a really healthy snack habit.

We ordered two loaves to go and then ventured to the other side of the store, which just so happens to be a deli. Bamma and Poppo used to get garlic bologna and other Polish meats there. We ordered two garlic bologna sandwiches for lunch and then hit the road. Off to Niagra Falls!

East Lansing, MI

Caleb and I have made it to Petoskey for Thanksgiving with his family after more than two months of traveling. I apologize for not keep up to date with the blog.  Between spending time with people we were visiting, sight-seeing and working on my photography I have fallen way behind.  I hope to remedy that.

This post is about our time in East Lansing.  We were there in Mid-October and stayed with a good friend of Caleb’s for a week.  For those who don’t know, Caleb did his undergrad at Michigan State University.  How does that work being the daughter of a Wolverine?  We’re working on it.  First, a bribe is required and you have to get to my heart through my stomach...I can't say not to nacho cheese.

We were able to make it to two football games, a hockey game and have a lot of fun with his friends in between.

The first game that we went to was Michigan vs. Michigan State.  In other words, game on.  However, I was assured that I would not be getting a ticket if I showed up in Maize n’ Blue.  Apparently ‘til death do you part includes wearing the color green.  I don’t remember that being in the vows, but as we are traveling, I will have to check the exact wording later.

It really was a lot of fun and for me it didn’t matter who won, I was going to be happy either way.  Walking through the tailgates to get to the stadium it felt more like a friendly rivalry then I expected.  As a UW grad, when the Cougars come to town, there are no niceties.  This was different.  It almost felt like a big family, except in different colors. (See highlights below.)

The game was a ton of fun!  During the week, we hung out with Bill and other friends.  Caleb and I both worked a lot on our respective things and he went on daily runs with me.  I hate running, but I’m learning to just put on my shoes and go.

The week ended with a Michigan State vs. Ohio State hockey game (which was my personal favorite of the week, I just LOVE hockey!) and then the homecoming football game.  Michigan State vs. Wisconsin.  It was epic and oh so much fun to be there for the win!

Here are highlights from the two games:

Michigan vs. Michigan State

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin (last play of the game)

The Bean

So this will be the last post about Chicago.  I wish I could keep up with where we actually are, but it’s been difficult to keep up while visiting people, traveling, and working on my photography.  (Be sure to check out today's post!)

In my last post, I described our day at Morton Arboretum with family.  I’ve put up a full post at Jen Wojcik Photography so be sure to check it out!

After a few days in a row of walking all over Chicago and spending the afternoon in the Art Institute I was exhausted as you can see.

If you remember, Caleb met me for lunch at Al’s Beef, but I knew I hadn’t seen all the art that I wanted to see, so I decided to go back, and he went with me.

After spending more time in the museum Caleb and I walked over to the Bean and I had way too much fun with photos!  In some of them, you can see Caleb and I in the Bean if you look very closely.

We really enjoyed our time with Laura, Peter, and Alexis and miss them very much, but we’ll see them again for the holidays.

The next post will be about our time in East Lansing with Bill and all of the games we went to.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!