Merry MidWest Roadtrip Part 2- Michigan
Our Michigan trip was defined by 3 locations
Traverse City was fun vacation town on the lake. Althought the weather was pretty rainy during our stay we still got to spend some time walking the lake and biking around. We also got to go to The Little Fleet which is a series of food trucks that make up a small outdoor restaurant. This food truck pod structure is absolutely my jam.
Near Traverse city are Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. We took our bikes there and got to ride around the park learning about the sand dunes, and the people who once lived there. My favorite part was the museum dedicated to the coast guard crew and lighthouse folks who tried their best to keep the area safe. Because of its position in the great lakes it was a popular location to boat near, but due to the weather frequently saw boat crashes.
In Grand Rapids we got to see some really good friends who recently moved and some who have been there a long time. The city of Grand Rapids was really interesting. On our walks around town, we saw a statue dedicated to being the first city in the country to put fluoride in its water, a memorial to President Ford (the only non-elected president), and a fish ladder (where fish trapped by a damn could swim upstream through a series of terraced ledges.