Traveling To and Visiting Auto Museums in Detroit

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
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Trip End Nov 29, 2010


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Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

On September 1, we traveled from Milwaukee area to Kalamazoo, Michigan.  We only stayed there one night but we could have stayed a lot longer.  This park was beautiful.  Markin Glen County Park is a county park as its name indicates but with full hookups (power, water, sewer) at each site.  Most county parks have maybe water and power but a lot are dry camping.  If ever in the Kalamazoo area we will definitely stay at this park. 

On Thursday, September 2, we arrived at Belleville, Michigan, at the Wayne County Fair and RV Park.  Nothing spectacular about this park or not spectacular.  They only had hookups for water and power, no sewer.  It is a big grassy area on the fair grounds.  There was nothing going on while we were there (Labor Day weekend) but we had plenty to do in nearby Detroit.

On Friday, September 3, we went into to the Henry Ford Museum and Henry Ford Factory where we saw them build F-150 Trucks.  It was very interesting to see.  The most interesting was the Henry Ford Museum.  I expected to see a museum with a few Ford cars on display.  Well, it isn't even close.  It is more like a mini-Smithsonian.  They had cars, trains (real ones), house of the future from the 60's, bicycles, Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile.  We spent almost three hours there and didn't see everything.  It was AWESOME. 

On Saturday, September 4, we went back to the same area to the Automobile Hall of Fame.  Kaptain said he recognized a lot of names from when he was in the auto parts business.  It was interesting to see. 

After the Automobile Hall of Fame, we went to see Millie, a friend of Shirley's.  Millie, her son, Daniel and her husband, Darrin, escorted us to downtown Detroit to the place where they have the best hot dogs, Lafayette Coney Island Hot Dog restaurant.  When we say escorted, we mean escorted.  Darrin just happens to be with the Border Patrol and has a company car so we followed him downtown.  It worked out well because he arrived ahead of us at the parking lot downtown, we got special service for parking ("Yes, sir.  I will watch your cars myself. No Problem.  Do not worry.")  Then, the escort didn't stop there.  When we got to Lafayette, they had a table for the seven of us but there were a couple of guys sitting at the table still finishing their hot dogs.  The restaurant owner made them move so we could sit there!!!  We were treated very well.  But, back to the hot dog place.  Lafayette is  located next to American Coney Island Hot Dogs which has been in competition with Lafayette for years for the best hot dogs.  I read where everyone in Detroit will have a definite opinion as to which one was the best.  Millie & Darrin like Lafayette, so we ate there.  It was good.  We don't know how American is because after the "Coney Island Dog" and "Chili Cheese Fries" we were stuffed and no way could we eat any more.  By the way, when we were looking at the menu, Darrin told us not to order anything different than they make it because they are somewhat like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.  You have it the way they give it to you.

The other reason we were downtown Detroit is because they were having a Jazz Festival.  Darrin went off to work and Millie and Daniel took us around the festival, the river walk from which you can see Canada and to the GM building where Kaptain and I visited some of our money....just don't ask.

After this very full day, Millie and Daniel went home and we went back to the RV Park.

On Sunday, September 5, we kind of just hung out, did a little house cleaning and got ready to leave the next day.   Oh, one more thing.  While we were in Belleville, we found a Cracker Barrel right down the street from the RV park.  Kaptain & I had never eaten there so Shirley & Larry took us there.  Kaptain loved it so much we ate there three days in a row.  I think he is hooked.

On Monday, September 6, we took off for our next stop, outside of Cleveland on the way to Upstate New York.   
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