|Looking across the|
Hyatt's atrium at the
|Detail (in black and white) of the circular six-story light fixture|
in atrium of the Hyatt Regency, Dearborn MI
|The Embassy Suite's open -- |
and straight-sided -- atrium
|The ceiling/roof of the Embassy Suites Downtown, looking up and toward the elevator lobbies. The pattern is distinct, making locating the building with Google Earth a snap.|
Our in transit hours, though, were not without highlights -- beyond the napping and writing.
- Our lunch was at an Olive Garden in the vicinity of Kalamazoo. Our experience, Tal's and mine, with that chain is that service is slow. But, not today. A staff of five was standing by when the coach pulled into the parking lot. We were seated in a reserved dining room, ate sumptuously (salad and their signature bread sticks for me) and were back on the interstate in slightly over an hour.
- Despite still sitting on the left side of the bus, I spied two intriguing signs -- also while we were near Kalamazoo. The town of Portage MI declares itself "a place for opportunities to grow." I'd like to know more about that. And, I also spotted a sign for the Air Zoo. That I have since looked up -- an aviation museum and amusement park (located where? why Portage, of course). It boasts an impressive array of aircraft, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. I could be convinced to go exploring ...
- Since we were, on the original itinerary (on Plans A and B, in fact, the bus adventure being Plan C) supposed to spend a day at Mackinac Island, near the intersection of Lakes Michigan and Huron, we watched an hour+ long DVD, "Ice Bridge," about the three-mile span of ice that some winters allows islanders to pass to the mainland. This link will take you to a minute and a half preview of the DVD if you'd like to take a look. We didn't get to spend the day and the DVD didn't really help with the attendant loss, but the show was truly lovely.
- I wrote in my journal "3:35 ... Lake Michigan." I don't know what our precise location was for that first view and I don't know what time zone it was. From that sight, however, its vastness was evident.
|As I watched from the corridor outside our room, a couple|
of teenagers coming from the pool stopped by the table
where an adult they knew was sitting, leaving their wet foot-
prints on the stone/tile/slate floor.
|The view from our room is north. Through a canyon of tall buildings and over several parking garages one can see the tower (with flags flying) of the Montgomery Ward Memorial Building at Northwestern University.|