Many people assume that "traveling to Michigan" or "vacationing in Michigan" equates to staying in a rustic cabin on a lake in some remote area of the Upper Peninsula. Although that sounds absolutely lovely, it is not what our vacations to Michigan entail. My family lives in a suburb of Detroit which is many, many hours (like four) from places such as Traverse City. I know because I attempted to plan a day trip there or to someplace similar but our time in Michigan was limited and eight hours of driving is not really a day trip. Maybe ten years ago but yo, I'm too tired for that kind of stuff these days.
One of the great advantages to where my family lives is that the hotels aren't outrageously expensive ($115/night for a big room.) (Grammy stays with her parents while Rich, the girls and I stay in a hotel because my grandparents' house is too small for all of us.) There are also a ton of places to visit in that area. I would have been perfectly satisfied sitting on my butt for our entire visit (man, I need a break) but we wanted to keep the kids (and Rich) entertained. Our first full day in Michigan was a visit/rest day. We then had half day trips to Greenfield Village and Frankenmuth. The kids really enjoyed Greenfield Village. It ended up being the hottest day so we didn't make a full day of it but we had our fill. The big draw at Frankenmuth was the dollhouse store except that we arrived to find that it was going out of business and only had a very limited supply of merchandise remaining. We ate lunch at the cafe (not the sit down restaurant) at Zenders. I have to comment that the stuffing was amazing. I dream of it.
So here are photos from our first three days in Michigan.
Our hotel room faced the front of the property and the girls set up spy missions whenever we were in the room.
The D750 flare issue. The flare problem occurs when the top of the flare is missing. I've been using this camera for almost 8 months with plenty of flare photos and this was my first experience with the flare issue. What's super weird is that it happened to several backlit photos taken in this part of the yard. Even off to the side of the playhouse where that wooden trellis is. It's not as noticeable in this picture but in the others, the top of the flare is a straight line. I feel like it had something to do with the roof line and the top of the trellis and how the light was bouncing.
Biggie kept up the spy missions when we were out.
Somebody said something.