The original plan was to piggyback a Cancun vacation with a conference Chris had to go to for work. But the drug war spread out, some tourists died and his company decided maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to have a “diversity forum” there. So we had the time off, and no where to go…. ROAD TRIP! Chris has wanted to see a Red Wings game at the Joe Louis arena, so we figured, why not head out to Detroit. A stop in Cleveland on the way, a few days in Detroit, stop in Columbus on the way back- not a bad trip.

First of all, there really isn’t much in the big expanse of PA between Philly and Ohio. At least on the way to Cleveland we passed some greasy spoon truckstops, but from Columbus… nothing but Cracker Barrels. That part aside, it was a really great trip. I took tons of photos, the album is over on flickr. Here are a few of the highlights.

So excited to be road tripping! (NASA lander behind us)

The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Really really fun! It was right next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which neither of us really had any drive to go to. Plus, it was rather pricey. The Science museum was only $8 and had the added bonus of a special NASA exhibit, instead of the Springsteen exhibit at the Hall of Fame. We got there an hour before closing, and had the place nearly to ourselves. Great interactive exhibits, really interesting and would be fantastically educational for kids.

I got on the jumbotron with my sign!

We spent a few days in Detroit. We stayed right downtown, and wandered around there for a little bit. The city felt a bit desolate, lots of boarded up shops. Turns out a lot of the shops are in inside malls, all connected by walkways- so its a bit tough to find places unless you know what you’re looking for. We went to a Red Wings game the first night, had a blast. The next day we went to the Ford Rouge Factory tour- but couldn’t take any pictures of the assembly plant. Then we drove out to Grosse Pointe in search of yarn store with local fibers. The store had moved without updating their google listing, so we went on a bit of a drive up the coast. It was super foggy, and absolutely beautiful.

hanging out in the fog

The Edsel and Elanor Ford House. A random place we drove by on our way to the yarn store (my souvenirs for the trip!) and stopped by to kill time before the Cadieux Cafe opened. We didn’t go in the house, but did the walking tour, despite the fog. I think I actually liked it better because of the fog- felt like a fairy tale. It was definitely a posh place, I could see the wealthy Grosse Pointe mansion dwelling ladies having tea there and discussing charity auctions.

Belgian Feather Bowling. I have a whole bunch written up over on flickr about this… so fun! The Cadieux Cafe is apparently the only place in the country where you can play this. The freelance editor at work told me about feather bowling, and a few days later Chris and I saw a hockey game where the away announcers had a little segment about what they did while in Detroit, and included feather bowling. Sold us. We got a lot of great dinner and bar recommendations from the bartender, too, as an added bonus.

We hit up a few of the local bars recommended by the Cadieux Cafe fellow, including a fantastic polish restaurant in Hamtramck (I still have no idea how to pronounce that). The next day we took it easy, swung by the Detroit art museum and hit a second game. This time we had row 7 seats- fantastic! (They won both games, too, which was great fun.)

We swung by Columbus on our way home. They have an artsy area called the Short North that may have been interesting if it wasn’t a Sunday. Their science museum was much more about entertaining kids than educating them, it was sort of frustrating. The coolest thing there was the spinning sparkly statue outside.

It was a fun trip, but its nice to be home. The other cities definitely help me appreciate Philly, and the diversity and culture we have here. (Also, I finished my owl sweater while on the trip! I’ll take photos of it soon, if its cool enough I just may wear it to work tomorrow. Yay for staying with my finish-a-wearable-piece-of-clothing-a-month!)

Yay for hockey!