Jazz Festival

Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
Trip End Nov 19, 2010

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

After breakfast at the Cracker Barrel, we headed back to the Henry Ford complex to tour the Automotive Hall of Fame.  The guys really enjoyed this, especially since Kaptain Larry owned an auto supply store and he knew some of the people who were in the HOF including the late Mickey Thompson.

Then we headed over to Darrin and Millie's new home. They have been working on their home for months painting, sanding and stripping everything in sight.  It is really a cute home and much bigger than it looks outside.  As Millie says, the kitchen is a one "butt" kitchen but it's all hers.  They haven't completely moved in yet but it shouldn't be much longer.  I think Darrin's project this weekend is to lay wood floors upstairs.  As we would say in the real estate world, this home has "Great Bones".

Now, it was time to take off for downtown Detroit and the Jazz Festival with our own private tour guides.  We even had an escort by Darrin, with Daniel texting us with site info as we drove, really cool, especially since Larry ran a red light. If we got stopped we were going to say we were with the guy up front.  The first hint of how things work when you travel with Darrin was when we pulled into the parking lot we get first class treatment and a promise that our cars would be well looked after.   Next, we head over to the Lafayette Coney Island diner for some Coney Island hot dogs.   Some of you may have seen them on Man vs Food, right next door is American Coney Island. There has been a food war going on for years, but we had word from the experts that Lafayette is hands down the best dogs in town.  We arrived there about 1pm and the place is packed, "not a problem" when you're with Darrin, the owner actually made a couple of guys move so we could have their table.  We ordered Coney dogs with the works and chili cheese fries all around, and before long the waiter brings out all seven dogs on his arm and serves us in no time.  We all agree that these dogs are the best; they had a nice snap when you bite into them.  It was lots of fun.

We had to say good bye to Darrin as he had to leave for work, and then we headed down to the festival.  It was not crowded since it was early and a little cool and windy.  Lots of vendors and some great music, but we had things to see so we didn't spend much time listening to the music.  We saw the General Motors buildings. We stood at the Detroit River where you can see into Canada.

Millie and Daniel made great tour guides and it was lots of fun to spend the day with them. Thanks so much for making our visit to Detroit such a memorable event. Who knows, maybe we'll be back.
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Debi West on

Sounds like you're having fun!!! Knew you would like Henry Ford. Did you go to Greenfield Village too? That's kinda cool!
Take care!

Lynn Warren on

It was really fun to see you guys with Millie. I'm sure having a local to show you around and fill you in on what's what is great fun.

Millie Judd on

I love the pics. I will send you the ones I posted to FB. We miss you already. Glad youhad such a good time! we loved it!

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