It was a fast trip to Boston for work. However, we had enough time to head over to Harvard and grab coffee while preparing for a meeting. We even snuck into a classroom to see how these smart kids learn. To be honest, I have always wanted to go to Harvard, who knows – maybe I will still try to get some grad work done there. From the time we landed, I fell in love with this city. The history, the academics and the architecture. We had a great meeting and I look forward working with some new clients and exploring more of this great city!
A family day in Detroit:
Midtown: Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
Eastern Market (and food trucks!)
Back to Midtown for a tour of Shinola
Traffic Jam and Snug for a late lunch (A Detroit classic but not one of my favorites. Wish they would focus the menu more)
We went on a driving tour during nap time and ended up in the historic Corktown.
We watched a pick up game of baseball and then headed over to the train station to admire some architecture.
Two James was a fantastic experience. Great design and even better cocktails. Mag’s and I enjoyed checking out all the barrels in the wall.
We had to stop in at Slows – a Corktown classic but as always there was over a two hour wait… so onto -
The Mercury Bar – fantastic burgers and a great patio. All the talk about the Detroit Tigers inspired us to…
Catch a game at Comerica Park. We snagged some tickets from a scalper and even a ride on the carousel for Mags.
We cheered our Tigers to win in the 14th inning.
Simply said, we said good bye to summer in the shadow of Detroit.
Every year we try to make it up to Traverse City for blossom days in May. But this year time got away from us and we kept saying were going to make it up to the Old Mission Wine Trail. After we realized that it was the end of August and we didn’t have any plans for Labor Day we snagged one of the few remaining hotel rooms and packed up Maggie to enjoy the last weekend of the summer in one of the most beautiful places in Michigan. We started our day with the Old Mission Wine Trail. We made our first stop at Chateau Grand Traverse and then made our way along the wine trail – catching the breath taking views at 2 Lads and Chateau Chantal. Taking in some fantastic reds (yes I said reds) at Brys Estate and then finding a new gem of a winery (with perhaps one of the best tasting rooms of the trail) Hawthorne. The second day of our trip we hit some of the vineyards on Leelanau peninsula wine trail but the highlight of every trip has to be L. Mawby. I am a sucker for a good bubbly, and I do believe they have some of the best. The wine trail had a great app that we found pretty useful in helping to navigate the 20+ vineyards. In fact, we were having so much fun we couldn’t bare to go home on time. So we grabbed a hotel room for a second night and thanks to tripadvisor we found an incredible independent owned place where we were able to get a 2 bedroom condo for the price of our hotel room the night before. I will post more on some our family finds, but I hope you can enjoy the views as much as we did.
I have been looking for a way to talk about our travel and to dream towards new trips. When I found this map at a paper store in LA on a recent work trip and knew that it would be perfect to document our travels. I explored ways to mount it and mark where we had been. Doug went on the search for me until he found the right size of sheet metal that I could use as a frame and I am using magnets to showcase each location. I am so excited to talk through each story with Maggie. I never want to forget those long conversations on our road trips. Or the sunsets in Hawaii that brought me to tears. Or the joy I felt as Maggie discovered the Atlantic ocean for the first time. We have 29 states down… 21 here we go!
My dad is a pilot and I grew up with a love of flying. It is a unique experience to climb into the clouds and realize the world is still happening below. It is a moment where I can escape, feel a sense of wonder at something that is hard to believe. On every flight, I find that my breathe is taken away and I feel a profound sense of faith. Seeing these views reveals to me with clarity that there is a God and He is big and He makes beautiful things. Perhaps one of my favorite moments flying was when I was in high school. My dad and I rented a Cesna and we flew over Ohio and watched the sun set. At first I was scared at the small door that stood between me and the sky, but I trusted my dad and I loved that he helped me to find my sense of adventure. I think one of the reasons he loved to fly so much is that he could see the face of God first hand. Some day, I hope to fly again together, just the two of us. Who knows, maybe I can even be the one with the pilot’s license… another dream to add to the list.