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Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Early up and out of the Port Glasgow RV Park to start our trip back into the US of A.  We made short work of the drive to Windsor and headed directly to the duty free store to redeem our small amount of Canadian money.  Maple syrup and cookies for our hosts, my niece Kelly and her family, were selected after ogling the huge display of liquor, beer, perfumes, jewelry and tourist items that are stocked in the store.  

Crossing into Detroit, we are once again subjected to special treatment by border patrol, this time American.  Off to the x-ray shed, "please exit the vehicle and stand in front of the window in the waiting room".  The waiting room smelled like an overused high school locker room, ripe to say the least.  But, you don't want to open the door if they are utilizing an xray machine large enough to examine the insides of a semi truck trailer.  Just hold your breath Barb....  

On into Detroit and down Michigan Avenue into Dearborn, home of Ford Motor Company and the largest concentration of Eastern Mediterranean people outside of, well, the Eastern Mediterranean.  We stop for lunch at Habib's, an upscale restaurant serving authentic Arabic food.  Both of us settle on the combo plate, a nice salad followed by meat stuffed grapeleaves, hummus and baked kibbe.  Lots of pita bread and olive oil on the side.  Having been raised in Dearborn Township, later named Dearborn Heights, I was very familiar with the cuisine and this was excellent.

On to the old neighborhood, driving past my childhood home on Whitefield, past St. Linus where I spent eight years being tortured by nuns, but unmolested by priests and down Beech Daly Road to Crestwood High School, proud home of the "Chargers".  Everything seemed smaller than in my memory and a bit grittier nearly forty years later.  Barb was kind enough to act interested, gotta love my wife!

We drove out Edward Hines Drive along the Rouge River Parkway to Northville where my niece Kelly, her husband Scott and their boys, Mitchell and Matt, live.  They have graciously given us their home to use while in town.  This is the Thursday before Labor Day weekend and they are heading "up north" to their lake house this evening, giving us solitude and a comfortable home to take care of laundry, paperwork and planning.  We spend some time getting re-acquainted before they head out the door for their evening commute, promising to catch up to them sometime over the weekend.

I spend the evening enjoying the big screen and amply stocked bar, while Barb soaks in the tub...Thanks, guys!


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