Fortunately, my dear friend and entrepreneur, Anna Lauri, hails from the great state and oh-so-kindly sent me over a perfect agenda. I would have missed out on all the best stuff if it hadn't been for her.
On Saturday I left Chicago, driving through Gary, Indiana, and up into Michigan. I took the scenic route a few times, cruising through Michigan City, New Buffalo, and back on i-94. Despite Anna's advice, because I was famished, and needed a break from the road, I stopped in South Haven around 2:45pm. I totally felt like a pioneer; my pace quickened at the sight of the lake.
|wind surfers on the beach in South Haven|
|lighthouse in South Haven|
I dined at The Butler on the lake, where Anna spent many past summer waiting tables. Although she told me to sit by the window, the Texas game was on the TVs by the bar, and I had to indulge (shoulda sat by the window). After my burger, I walked around town, catching the annual Halloween parade, and savoring some Kilwins ice cream.
|man's best friend|
|beers and baseball|
|kayak on a van in downtown Holland|
- Hiking mount Pisgah (a ginormous sand dune)
- Walking along the sand to the Big Red lighthouse at Holland State Park
- Finding the windmills in downtown Holland
- Completing the visitor's bureau art walk through downtown and the Hope College campus
- Having just enough time for lunch and a beer flight at 84 East before hitting the road to Ann Arbor
pics or it didn't happen:
|entrance to the Mount Pisgah Hike|
|hiking in the leaves on a Sunday morning|
|the stairs I'm about to ascend|
|view of Lake Macatawa from Mt. Pisgah|
|view of Big Red from Mt. Pisgah|
|the last set of stairs up the dune|
|looks much more like sand from this angle|
|this pic tries to capture the slippery leaves on the side of this cliff. It was pretty steep, but I managed.|
|self timer selfie on top of Mt. Pisgah|
|So many leaves everywhere. Just beautiful.|
|"Big Red" at Holland State Park|
|every time I'm at the beach I have this song in my head.|
|me with Big Red. In my Royal's sweat-shirt|
|spotted the windmill in downtown Holland|
|Hope College campus|
|flute player statue|
|my lunchtime beer flight.|
In Ann Arbor, Morningstar put me up at the Bell Tower Hotel. It was conveniently located right off campus, a block from State Street. On Sunday night I wandered campus, snap-chatted fall leaves pictures, and drove to Detroit to pick up my colleague from the airport.
|Michigan's Bell Tower|
|all the colors of the wind|
|ants marching in Ann Arbor|
I made it back to campus just in time to grab dinner from Mezes and hunker into bed for another night of falling asleep while watching the World Series. On Monday it was back to work, for a full day of interviews with Michigan students. We had a nice lunch break at Red Hawk and a five star airport dinner at TGI Fridays. One of the best parts of this trip was only having to drive one way. My colleague and I flew back to Chicago together on Monday night, summing up a pretty perfect weekend getaway.
|Thanks for being beautiful, Michigan!|