Another day in metro Detroit and another trip downtown for an attempt to visit the Detroit casinos.
The Tigers were scheduled to play at 1 pm today, so we were expecting heavier crowds and possible parking problems at two of the three casinos.
As it turned out, parking was only an issue at the Greektown Casino and we didn’t really encounter any higher than normal crowds.
Cool, windy and cloudy.
That’s how it was when we left the hotel this morning.
Here we are in late August (we’re usually still hot and humid back at home well into September) up in Detroit and I was wearing jeans and a light jacket for most of the day. One of the TV personalities was telling us that we were a little bit cooler than average, but when the wind was blowing it felt downright cold at times!
So what do you do when it’s cold in Detroit?
Go to the casinos downtown!
Unfortunately, that didn’t exactly happen as planned.
Don’t you just love those days when you get out of bed and it’s raining outside, the forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms all day, and the weather radar shows lots of precipitation approaching?
Yeah, that was today for us in the Detroit metro area. Lots of rain was headed for the city and it was going to be around for most of the day.
The good thing was that it looked like most of the rain was going to stay in the lower part of the state, so we went ahead with our original plan of visiting the awesome German town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
And for the most part, this was a great visit and the weather was not much of a factor at all.
Welcome to day two of this live trip report.
As it was noted in yesterday’s trip report, today started in Dayton, Ohio and a visit to the United States Air Force Museum at Wright Field.
The USAF museum was nothing short of outstanding!
If any of you out there have any desire to see one of the largest and best collections of modern and vintage military aviation aircraft dating back to the early 1900s (plus lots of other military artifacts from all wars and battles from World War 1 to today), then you need to make a journey to Dayton, Ohio at least once. The museum has free parking and free admission (you only need to pay for IMAX, food and souvenirs if desired), and the vast majority of the displays are in a single massive building composed of many climate-controlled aircraft hangers.
Get there when they open and just plan on spending at least half a day looking at all of the different displays. It’s that good and large of a museum.
This week has presented me with an interesting travel experience.
Well, probably more than one interesting experiences while traveling.
Instead of doing the usual trips down to central Florida for the ultra-awesome theme parks that everybody knows or loves, or a quick trip to Cherokee, NC and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee (mainly Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg), I headed up north a ways.
Quite a ways.
Right now I’m spending the night in the always exciting Dayton, Ohio, and tomorrow I’ll be back in Detroit, Michigan for a couple of days. It’s been a couple of years since my last visit to my home town of the Motor City.
Today for lunch we went to Arby’s to take advantage of the 5 for $5 sale for the regular roast beef sandwiches, a sale that we haven’t seen for many years. A while ago Arby’s ran 5 for $5.95 or 4 for $5 sales for the regular roast beef sandwich, both of which were still pretty good deals, but we haven’t seen the 5 for $5 for a very long time.
Along with the 5 for $5 deal, Arby’s is also running a deal where you can add on a small drink and/or small order of curly fries for only $1 extra. You can add on as many of the small drinks and fries for $1 as you want, and the TV commercials are promoting the special offer as some kind of a family meal deal. No problems there as Arby’s food has always been on the upper end of the price scale but is usually much higher in quality than the competing McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Burger King franchises. Chick-fil-a is still the king around here when you want high quality fast food at semi-reasonable prices. (Yeah, the Atlanta area sucks for fast food and is in desperate need for options like Jack in the Box, Whataburger, In-N-Out, Hardee’s, or even White Castle. We have Krystal, but that wishes that it was White Castle.)
But the biggest thing for Arby’s is that in addition to doing the 5 for $5 promotion for the regular sandwiches, the locations around here have also recently added a “value menu.”
That’s where things got interesting.
Here in metro Atlanta, today is the last real day of summer break before the students go back to school on Monday morning.
The last day of summer.
It’s August, we’re only a few days away from the first NFL preseason game, and all around the metro Atlanta area and kids are getting ready for school.
For me, the entire month of July was gone in a flash. The month started with preparing to leave to spend a week in Detroit, Michigan (yeah, I’m crazy at times) only to have that trip canceled at the last minute for emergency repairs at home. That issue was finally solved and a week later we headed down for a planned two-week trip in central Florida. After coming back home, I then spent a week working like crazy adding new content and fixing an nagging issue with my Florida-Project.com website. Whew!