Friday, June 27, 2008

Back From Michigan

I'm back from our family trip to Michigan.  We had a nice time as a family - although there were definitely the usual stresses of traveling with two small children, staying in someone's house that is not your own and trying to coordinate plans with everyone's interests in mind.

A few of the highlights:
- Meeting my running/blogging buddy Rick.  Rick lives in Michigan right near the Ohio state line, so we met up for some ice cream on the way up.  It was great to finally meet Rick, his wife Tammy and his daughter Lindsay face-to-face...I have been reading his blog since January (we both were training for marathons at the same time) so we both felt like we know each other pretty well already.  Here's Rick's synopsis of our meeting.  He did a great job summarizing so there's really not too much to add.

- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.  This was a fantastic place for the kids...and I learned a bit myself (when I could actually read the placards that accompanied the exhibits instead of running after my kids who were already at the next cool thing).  Of course, while we were in Ann Arbor, we went to Pizza House for lunch - Sherry and I split a chipati (those things are HUGE...and to think I used to be able to polish off one of those solo...) - and then we went to Stucchi's for ice cream.  YUMMM!

- Seeing friends and family.  We stayed with my father-in-law (Papa and Grandma Judy).  In the three full days we were there we a bunch of Sherry's family members and good friends of ours Melissa (with her son Xavier) and Carone and Jim. 

The kids were really good car travelers so driving there and back was not so bad.

And as always - it was great to go and also great to return home!

BTW, on the running front, I did bring running clothes but I decided to rest my hamstring and not run while we were there.  I'm not sure when I'll start up again - most likely next week with a few tune-up runs before the Autism Speaks 5K on July 4.


tootie said...

welcome back!

Rick said...

Glad you had a nice trip, Mike. It was great meeting you all as well. You have a wonderful family.

This quote from you, "staying in someone's house that is not your own and trying to coordinate plans with everyone's interests in mind," is the epitome of the road trip to see family. That statement hit the nail on the head. Well said.