Friday, July 15, 2011

My Kind of Town

July 14 – It’s pretty amazing how much can be packed into one day. After a brief hotel breakfast, we headed to the 9th Street Pier (I think that’s what it is called) on Lake Erie and the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

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I expected this to be at most a two hour diversion, but the museum is overwhelming and we spend nearly four hours there. It’s sensory overload, but well worth it. Really, the only disappointment was that someone decided that Taylor Swift deserved to be included in the “Women of Rock” exhibit. (Oh, and someone tell me, what do they have against Elton John? He’s nowhere to be found).

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Eventually, we got back on the road and headed toward Chicago. As we drove through the beautiful farm country of Ohio, a small voice from the back seat asked, “Will we be going through Michigan?” And all of a sudden, I remembered one of the first things Ellery told me about Jordan – she was a huge U of Michigan fan and wanted to go to college there. “Nope, sorry, it isn’t on the way.” An hour later, and there was the exit sign “Ann Arbor – Rte 22 – next left.” Well, what would a road trip be without a detour? So, to Ann Arbor we went.

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It was only an hour out of the way, and we spent only an hour there – most of it with Jordan shopping for GO BLUE wear, but it was all worth it. I think she was momentarily the happiest person on earth.

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Then it was back on the road – through the wine country of Michigan (who knew there was so much of it?), through Indiana, and eventually to Chicago, where we ended the night with a stroll down the Magnificent Mile and ice cream at Ghirardelli. (Um, no, there’s no “Welcome to Illinois” picture, because we cross the border after dark – best I got is the Chicago sign at sunset).

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