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Sep 12, 2014 - a Ford and a Tiger

When you go to Detroit, you need to see the Henry Ford Museum and Motown. I heard this several times while planning for this trip. But for this trip because we only have one day, we choose the Museum and a Tigers game. The game was a ‘must-do’ because it’s on our bucket list of going to all the major league baseball parks. The museum is as good or even better than any museum that we have been to. It not about Henry Ford’s cars but a collection of historical items and memories since the time of his birth to the present time. Something that...

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Bummin' around 2014

Sep 11, 2014 - The morning after

The weather guys said that the jet stream is bending down over Detroit and bringing down the Arctic blast. It's causing 20 degF below normal temperatures. Yesterday's rain was the front for today's weather. I can't complaint or can I? The weather has been great for our trip till now. It was 54 degF this morning, cloudy with a 10 mph wind. I wore pants for the first time with a jacket. After breakfast, we went for a walk. I wined big time about how cold it was. If you haven't heard it before, I hate being cold! It's time to move SOUTH. We...

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Bummin' around 2014

Sep 10, 2014 - Detroit Area

300 miles down the road has got us down near to Detroit. The Michigan monsoon followed us all the way down. It rained and rained and then it rained some more. We got a good washing on the passenger side of the motorhome with the strong westerly wind. Our campground is in a town called Ypsilanti. We had to look it up. It's Greek. I thought it might be Hebrew. It has a Hebrew look to it but don't asked me to pronounce it. For the most part, the roads have been getting better the further south we come. Some of the bumpiest roads are in the...

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Aug 28, 2014 - Last Michigan Stop - Ypsilanti

We had a 2 hour drive to Ypsilanti which is a suburb of Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is west of Detroit. This will be our last Michigan stop before we head south to Ohio. As we were driving I recognized the town of Brighton as a place where there is a Costco. Michigan has hardly any Costco stores and unfortunately the tablet we bought at a Costco near Holland, earlier in our trip, was not working properly, so we wanted to return it and get another. Well, I was quickly on my phone to see how close the Costco might be. It turned out it was the...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Greenfield Village and Chelsea

Visiting Greenfield Village is taking a step back in time. Henry Ford brought 83 buildings to the village that reflected his life such as the school he attended and the jewelry store where he worked. He wanted the village to be an educational site so he brought in historic sites such as Robert Frost's house, the Wright brother's bicycle shop and Thomas Edison's workshop. There were people in each venue dressed in attire of the day explaining what you saw. We also had a chance to ride in a Model T Ford. The next day we rode to Chelsea and...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Attractions and friends

On Sunday we drove to Ann Arbor to tour the area and have lunch with friends of Terry and Doug. On Monday we went to The Henry Ford which is a museum with acres of inventions and 26 million artifacts. Some serious like the presidential limousine that Kennedy was in when he was shot and the rocking chair Lincoln was in at Ford's Theater when he was assassinated. Others more light hearted like the Oscar Wienermobile and a complete coal burning locomotive. We also took the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and saw the assembly line in operation...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum & Automotive Heritage Museum

This morning Sandy, Clarence, Doug and myself met our friends Dean & Jan from Florida/Michigan at the Cracker Barrel in Belleville for breakfast. After breakfast the four of us went to the Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum. The museum is in an original 1898 firehouse and inside is a modern multi-level display area. There were many firehouse artifacts including a fire engine steamer complete with horses. There were also many exhibits of antique fire trucks, and early fire rigs including tools, equipment, memorabilia and fire truck bells. On the...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Ypsilanti, MI

We left home on Friday, July 4th and traveled to Ashtabula, Ohio where we spent the night in a Walmart parking lot. We got to watch some fireworks that were going off around us. The next morning, Saturday, we left there and arrived at the Detroit Greenfield RV Park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Our friends Sandy and Clarence from Yulee, Florida were already here. It is a nice park with a lake running beside it. We are in the grassy area with a few trees. The park was very busy with the 4th of July. There was live music playing from around 9 to 10...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Ypsilanti, MI

Finished our time in the Elkhart area with a visit to the RV/MH Museum and Hall of Fame. It was fascinating to find RV's and camping trailers that had been built back in 1913. They even had the one with the first slide out. We spent the afternoon searching for more of the extraordinary quilt gardens. Today we are heading for the Detroit/Greenfield RV Park in Ypsilanti, MI. We are meeting up with friends Terry,Doug and Roxie and will spend the next few days touring the area.

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Aug 21, 2013 - Lexington, KY to......

YPSILANTI !!! Just try to pronounce that. The dictionary says it means: Alexander, 1792–1828, Greek patriot and revolutionary leader. Greeks in Michigan? It's where we are staying tonight on our way to UP Michigan (Upper Penninsula). We should be there tomorrow. We're about 38 miles from Detroit... the drive, including stops was about 7 hours. The campground is very nice. We're settled on the end of a row, just one site from Greenfield Lake. No pictures, the Internet's not good enough to load photos.

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Jul 14, 2013 - All about Henry

July 11 – After a late start, we drove to Grand Rapids for a visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Gerald Ford was our 38th U.S. president due to Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation. He was defeated by Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. He died in California in 2006. I have to admit I was not exactly interested in politics in the 1970’s due to marriage and children, but walking into the museum brought back so many memories of the 70’s. The exhibits of clothing, music, the newspapers...

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UP, UP and AWAY!

Jun 9, 2013 - Ypsilanti MI

Today was the last day that The Henry Ford complex got our money – but I think it was money well-spent. We have done the factory tour, the museum and today, the Greenfield Village. The GV is a variety of buildings, some the originals that have been relocated here, and some replicas that were built on the property – sometimes using parts from the originals. There is also a pair of steam engines that circle the compound, Model T’s that you can ride in and horse drawn carriages. There is a craft area where they do demos of glassblowing, brick...

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