The last of my Ypsilanti trip.
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
91Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti is a very bike friendly place. There are bike racks everywhere, cars are used to bikes being on the road (if they're fast) and sidewalk (if they're slow, but bikes still don't belong on the sidewalk). The only thing bad that I heard was that I was told that in Ypsilanti even if a bike is locked up everything that could be removed from the bike probably would be stolen given enough time. Thankfully every place I wanted to go to was busable or walkable.
Finally after a couple days of coaxing I was able to convince my friend to go to the Michigan Firefighters Museum
On Thursday we went to the Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village is an odd combination of old timey stuff put together by Henry Ford. There's period stuff from the mid 1800's all the way up to the early 20th century.
It's a pretty cool place. They have one section of craft stuff, so they had a glass blowing building, a couple of textile buildings, a building filled with old looms and a building for tin making. The most interesting of them were the glass blowing (for obvious reasons) and the building with the looms. That day they were making some vases with a rain drop pattern. We got there pretty close to the end of the fabrication process, so we saw them add the raindrops (basically, heat up the vase, then heat up another piece of glass, touch it lightly to the vase, then string the gooey trail of glass all the way up to the top as if the drop was running down
I got to see a machine shop that was run by Thomas Edison (they did have his labs there, but we ran out of time), I also got to play some 1867 Massachusetts rules baseball (4 bases and a home plate, kind of a flat bat, bean bag for a ball).
The last thing we did for the day there was check out a presentation about life as a slave. It was a performance put on by 2 actors, one male and one female. Not surprisingly, it was the best acting and presentation that we saw there. Mostly they talked about the few things that slaves did to make their lives better by using old stories passed down and the old WPA interviews.
After coming back I returned to Chicago. Thursday I got a little bit of a ride in and visited a friend. My friend has gotten back into RC cars, so I checked out his new car's setup and will probably check out his race on Sunday.