I’m Back

Our daughter got a new job and asked if we could help her move from northern Michigan to southern Michigan. We couldn’t refuse the plaintive, “Mommmmmm……Daaaaadddddd……Pleaseeeeeee”, so we decided to make a vacation out of it as well.

Her old apartment building has three floors and no elevators, and of course, her apartment was on the third floor. Fortunately, most of the stuff was fairly light, so it wasn’t too bad.

Once we got her moved into her new place, this time on the second floor of a building with elevators, we then went on the vacation part of the trip. We visited my wife’s high school friend, one my wife’s cousins, my cousin and friends in southern Illinois and Missouri. We also stopped at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN to listen to some live bluegrass music.

If you love live music, you should visit the Station Inn. At first glance, the place looks like a dive bar, but looks are deceiving. The place books world class bluegrass and (old time) country music artists. Even better, the place is small enough that the farthest away seats are no more than 30 feet (10 meters) from the stage.

In total, we drove about 4,000 miles/6500km. On the trip to northern Michigan, we used the interstate highway system as much as possible. On the way home, it was the opposite…we used the interstate highways as little as possible. The interstate highways are good for “getting there in a hurry”, but the secondary roads are good for “seeing the countryside”.