April 20, 2011
On Wednesday, my parents went with us to East Tawas which isabout 2 ½ hours north of White Lake. My mom and dad have had property up there for about 10 years now, but never really did anything with it. As a family, we used to go up there every few summers and enjoy the little town and swimming in Lake Huron. Anyway, I wanted to show Jason a little bit of what Michigan is actually known for: the Great Lakes.
|Playing around on the shore|
|The Ford Museum|
We started the adventures very slowly by just taking it easy on the first day in Michigan. I took Jason to the Detroit Temple to show him where we will be getting married. It was a little smaller than he thought, but he absolutely loved the white, marble spires. It had been a while since I had been there myself, so I enjoyed seeing Jason's reaction. It's nice to finally imagine where we'll be getting married. We continued our casual day by going to Summerset Mall and afterward I showed Jason where I went to high school and grew to be half the person I am today (the other half being at BYU-I with him). It was a very laid-back day, but trust me, after the long day of travel, that’s about all we could handle.
On Tuesday, I drove Jason to the Henry Ford Museum. I thought he might enjoy getting to know the history of Michigan a little bit. I also hadn’t been there since the fifth grade, so I was looking forward to going. I’m pretty sure Jason loved that place the moment he walked inside and saw a replica of the limousine that John F. Kennedy was assasinated in and the actual bus that Rosa Parks boycotted Jim Crow Laws. I was really happy he enjoyed it so much.
|Rosa Parks Bus|
I really liked the trains. I can never believe how HUGE they are and how they got them to fit into the building. It’s interesting to see how transportation that has changed and evolved over the years. Jason’s favorite exhibit featured the Model-T “exploded” so that all the parts of the car were suspended in the air. It was cute how much time he spent looking at it. We were able to role play with an assembly line; I cranked the line as he put together a wooden Model-T, but I had to slow it down for Jason a lot.
|The Weinner Mobile!|
We both liked the airplane exhibits. Did you know that Henry Ford imagined everyone having their personal airplane to fly around in? However, he could never bring the cost down enough to make it affordable. Could you imagine? Anyway, I enjoyed reading the requirements of the first flight attendants and comparing them to my mom who is a flight attendant. Maybe that’s why she is always so proper. Jason and I also loved the Wienner Mobile and buying our weenie whistles at the souvenir shop.
April 4, 2011
|"beeling" somewhere in Grand Teton NP|
We were both super excited and somewhat nervous. Our first stop was to bundle up and put on these huge suits and helmets to keep us warm. Jason said he felt like an astrnaut getting ready to fly to the moon, but I kept admiring how much I looked like Speed Racer in my nifty helmet.
|"Go speed Racer Go!"|
|"beelin" with my best friend|
Our scary moment of the trip was when everyone climbed up this huge hill, but becayse there were two of us on one snowmobile, it was a lot harder for us to get up. We tried FOUR times to get up this dumb thing until finally our guide came back and showed us where the not-so-steep part of the hill was to climb over.
|We got stuck in the snow|
Later on, our oh so smart guide took us off the trail and into the powder, which is difficult to drive on with the amount of weight between two people, and we all got stuck in the snow. When we finally dug and pulled ourselves out, we went 20 feet further and got stuck again. Although I was kind of frustrated, I couldn't help but laugh and Jason thought the whole thing was funny. It's hard to get mad when you look around at the snow falling and the pine trees and realize how beautiful the scene is you're riding through. Overall, our day was amazing and so much fun.