Detroit Reflections and Investigating the Thumb

29 Sep

We are on the road again. My husband and I flew out of Mpls. on Tuesday afternoon for Milwaukee, WI with a destination of Flint, Michigan. We are once again combining business and pleasure. We decided to seek out some fall colors. He purchased two cars both in Michigan that we will drive back to Minnesota through a northern route of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

We had an hour lay over in Milwaukee around sunset. Loved our flight with Frontier except for the sales rep that sat two seats behind us and never stopped talking to a women also sitting behind us. I think he tried to impart all his wisdom in that one hour. It’s a good thing that our flight wasn’t any longer I fear he might have run out of knowledge to impart.

Before we left our Super 8 in Flint, Michigan this morning I had to take a picture of one of the oddest things I’ve seen in a motel.

I don’t know about you but the last place I want to talk on the phone is in the bathroom. There was another phone on the night stand in the room. I forgot to ask before we left if all the rooms had a phone in the bathroom or was it just our room.

We headed for downtown Detroit because neither of us had been there before. We found a great restaurant downtown The Sweetwater Tavern. They had excellent food and it reminded me a little of the Cheers bar from the tv show.

My favorite part of downtown was the reflections I saw on buildings of other buildings. Both looked like paintings on the other buildings.

This was my favorite of the two but both were fun to photograph.

We rode the People Mover around downtown before we left. It took about 15 minutes for a lap around the city above the street. Just 50 cents a piece to ride. What a bargain.

After we left Detroit we headed north up the east side of Michigan affectionately called the thumb of Michigan. We stopped at Port Sanilac, MI

After we left Port Sanilac we continued north to Harbor Beach, MI where we planned on finding a room to spend the night. We tried to find a hotel using the Magellan navigation system that we purchased in Detroit. We followed the directions and ended up on a dead-end street near this pier but no hotel.

 We didn’t find a hotel to stay in this town so we headed west to Bad Axe, MI which was where we planned on going in the morning to pick up our second car that we are driving home. We looked to see if there was a hotel in Bad Axe for the night. Our Magellan told us there was a Holiday Express in Bad Axe. We followed the directions which took us all the way through town and out-of-town, right off the main road out on a gravel road and proudly announced “You have arrived”.

I don’t think so, we were surrounded by corn fields. We turned around and went back into town and found out that everything in town was booked. Apparently there are a lot of construction workers erecting wind generators and have snatched up all the rooms. We asked at the Econolodge if there was a Holiday Express in town and they directed us to it.

I waited in the car while my husband went inside to see if they had any rooms. He was in there for a long time while the desk clerk called all over town for a room for us. There were none. He said “We have one more possibility.” Someone had a reservation but had not arrived yet. They tried to run their card for the room but could not get it to go through. They tried calling the phone number provided to confirm the card number for the reservation but could not reach the party. It was 9:30 already and they hadn’t checked in yet. They gave us their room.

I am thankful for the room but can’t help but wonder if someone will arrive later this evening to no room in a town with no vacancies.

Tomorrow the adventure continues north and west.


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24 responses to “Detroit Reflections and Investigating the Thumb

  1. dhphotosite

    September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    NIce series of photos…love the pier. Phone in the bathroom?? Hi Grandma, watcha doin’. Well I’m in the…um I’ll call ya later…
    Very odd indeed.

    • flyinggma

      September 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks David. I wish we had been at the pier earlier but I learned a little more about the manual settings on my camera trying to get a shot I liked. I’m not a fan of a phone in the bathroom, one on the wall or cellphone.

  2. nrhatch

    September 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Yay! Looks like you’re having FUN despite the GPS glitches and “no vacancy” signs.

    That people mover sounds very cool.
    Loved the reflected photos ~ especially the bottom one.

    I’m with you. I don’t need a phone in the bathroom. 😀

    • flyinggma

      September 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

      The people mover was very cool. A new way to see the city and quickly. I just love all the different buildings in the city. So much to see.

  3. harrisonjones

    September 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Great photos. Hope you brought a gun with you to downtown Detroit. Here’s some trivia. If you take off from Detroit and fly directly south, what is the first foreign country you fly over? Canada. Now, if I was a sales rep, trying to impress someone on a flight, that would surely do it.

    • flyinggma

      September 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Harrison. We didn’t have a gun with us. Everyone we met downtown Detroit was very helpful, kind and polite.

      The sales rep was something else. I was wishing for earplugs. As I was reading all I could hear was his voice is the background talking non-stop.

  4. pattisj

    September 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    i can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip! Surely things will get better. Magellan was an explorer, was he not? Might that have something to do with your destinations…exploring parts unknown? You did get some nice photos of Detroit. Interesting architecture.

    • flyinggma

      September 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

      The Magellan was and is a great help. I’ve enjoyed the trip so far. Lots of new sights to see and lots of beautiful fall colors.

  5. Booksphotographsandartwork

    September 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Well if the phone was a little lower and you fell in the tub and couldn’t get up you could call for help.

    • flyinggma

      September 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Too funny. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” I just can’t imagine talking on the phone in the bathroom.

  6. belleofthecarnival

    September 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I always look forward to your photos! They are always so lovely! Enjoy your adventure 🙂

  7. flyinggma

    September 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thank you so much. I’m having fun learning new things with my camera. It is such a fun way to get a new perspective on life. Even in the cold winter I am looking with anticipation each day for new sights to capture.

  8. tedgriffith

    September 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    A beautiful photo set, Jeanne. Glad you got that room, sleeping in the car isn’t much fun! 😉

  9. flyinggma

    September 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Glad we got the room too but I could help but wonder if the other guy ever showed up. I couldn’t help but feel guilty.

    I know all about sleeping in the car. That is where my husband and I spent our wedding night. He didn’t make any reservations and everything was booked. We finally pulled over in a wayside rest when we were too tired to drive anymore and slept there until morning.

  10. Christine Grote

    October 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    That no room at the inn thing happened to us once early in our marriage as we were driving from New York to Myrtle Beach. We eventually gave up and just drove on through the night.

    A phone in the bathroom would be a good thing for me. My husband often seems to call right when I step out of the shower.

    • flyinggma

      October 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Well, if sleeping in the car is any predictor of a long-lasting marriages, more people should spend their wedding night there. We’ve been married for 28 years.

  11. Carl D'Agostino

    October 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    They’re picking Detroit to beat the Yankees. We’ll see about that !

    • flyinggma

      October 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      I’m not much of a baseball fan but whoever you want to win, I hope they win and make your day!

  12. pearlsandprose

    October 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Wonderful photos, Jeanne! I especially like the sunset and pier shots.
    Haven’t seen Detroit in many years, but there were an awful lot of abandoned buildings when I was there. Hope it looks better now.

    • flyinggma

      October 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      There were still a lot of abandoned buildings but I loved all the old architecture I saw even in the abandoned buildings. The pier shots are some of my favorites but I need to get a tri-pod so my pictures are more in focus.

  13. ceceliafutch

    October 4, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Nice photos. I used to live in Detroit and we camped in various locales around the state. I’m familiar with the places you mentioned. I’ve also been on the people mover. Your reflection photos were great. Your post brought back some pleasant memories for me.

  14. tarapappas

    November 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful! I love your shots of the reflections in the buildings! 🙂 Great diversity in your subject matter, and enjoyable blog!

    • flyinggma

      November 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog. I really enjoyed the time we spent downtown Detroit and especially when I saw the reflections on the building. Always fun to find something new to photograph.

  15. 19scout79

    January 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Nice story…a 15 minute drive further northeast from Bad Axe would have placed you in Caseville. The Bella Vista is on the beach and always has plenty of rooms and cottages. If you’re a parrot head, come back for cheeseburger fest in August.

    Next time skip Detroit and head to Royal Oak. You can hit some of the top pubs as you stroll through town. Want a little edgier atmosphere? Download Yelp on you cell phone and drive over to Ferndale. It’s the new artist colony in metro Detroit.


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