Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Greenfield Village

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago...

Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,
Long, long ago, long ago...


{Lone, Long Ago -- Thomas Haynes Bayly}

The other big attraction at The Henry Ford grounds is Greenfield Village. There are over a hundred original historical buildings that were moved to the village. The village shows how Americans have lived and worked since the founding of the country and includes buildings from the 17th century to the present. There are also costumed interpreters who are showing how people in that period completed tasks like farming, sewing, and cooking.

There was so much to see there and I only explored a little! I stuck to the Henry Ford and Main Street areas. I went into the house Ford was born and raised in, explored a main street from the late 1800s, and explored a two-room doctor's office (be thankful for modern medicine!). 

There was a scale model of the original Edison illuminating company, an old DT&M roundhouse, a glass blowing factory, working grist mill, and old printing office (I can only imagine the work it took to print papers before computers could do it all). You could even get a ride in a Model AA bus or Model T! 

I love places like this - a true step back in time - makes you really appreciate life in modernity and how spectacular every innovation was back then! 





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Monday, August 19, 2019

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 34

The Good:
Well!! After 13 weeks of no running and no impact aside from gentle walking my repeat MRI showed 100% healthy bone and I am cleared to run again! For the next few months, it's more of a job/walk, but all restrictions are lifted and I am so happy!

The Random:
This gives UFO sighting all-new meaning...

The Fun:
I went down to the Greenway to check out the newly updated fountains. Now they have LED lights and put on a show at night with amazing arrangements of light and water!



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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Scav Hunt Sunday: Architecture and Almonds

Perspective:

Super neat POV from a Frank Gehry designed building.

Ink:
A little pop of color behind some classic shoes.

Retro:
Such a fun funky mural!

Industrial:
They recently redid a building in the Fenway area - loving the industrial vibe on the stairs.

Snacktime:
Love munching on almonds.


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Friday, August 16, 2019

August Randoms v. 1

 be best...smith center...chihuly ceiling
detroit airport...golden hour...detroit sculptures
guardian building...wedding attire...airport fountain
 back home...new mug...track ready
lovely lilies...true statement...converse sneaks
snap peas...funky building...99 bottles
industrial stairs...delicate flowers...flower child
pool time...light tunnel...snack time
running again...sea shell...latest read

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Henry Ford Museum of Innovation

I have always loved cars. As a kid I had more Hotwheels cars than Barbies. I could identify any car on the road and as an adult became hooked on the show Top Gear. So naturally, when in Detroit, I had to check out the Henry Ford Museum and it did not disappoint!
I couldn't believe the amount of automotive and industrial history this museum had! From the actual (yes the actual) bus Rosa Parks sat on, to several original Model T-Fords, to the Oscar Meyer Weiner Car!

There were several old presidential limos, a far simpler cry from the tanks the president is driven around in now! There were cars from every decade and they even had a few old car seats and whoa has safety come along away across the spectrum of the auto industry!

The museum also holds several old planes, an amazing array of old farming equipment, and a variety of other old machines that made the industrial advances possible in this country.

I easily spent over an hour or so wandering around - a must-see when you're in Detroit!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Downtown Detroit

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet...
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat
You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City...


{Detroit Rock City -- KISS}

I was in Detroit at the beginning of the month for a wedding and made use of my time there to do some exploring! It was my first time in the state (I've been to 25/50 states now!) and I did a lot of research on the neat things to see. They've been working on bringing the downtown, along the river, to life and I found some neat spots to explore. 

I started at Campus Martius Park. There was a neat KAWS statue across from the park itself. In the park, there was an awesome fountain and for summer they'd put out fun games and lots of seating. The main attraction is the statue which was built after the Great Fire of 1805. Ever hear of 8 Mile Road - it's 8 miles from this park. 

Then I went over to the Guardian Building. Called the "Cathedral of Finance" it's atrium is a stunning combination of art deco, Native American, and Aztec influences. 

I walked a few more blocks to Hart Plaza, right near the waterfront. The big attraction was the Spirit of Detroit which was dedicated in the late '50s to represent the spirit of the city. There was also the Joe Louis Memorial, dedicated to the famous boxer and a few other neat sculptures and fountains.

The plaza fronts on the Detroit River. Canada is practically spitting distance across the river, which was neat to see! There was also a statue marking a stop on the Underground Railroad. I walked a bit along the river to the Renaissance Center. The city's tallest building is home to the GM world headquarters. Inside was a super neat building complete with tons of GM cars on the floor to explore! 

All around the area where cute restaurants and little cafes. I think Detroit's downtown is having it's renaissance once again!


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