|Sunrise over the Maumee River|
After breakfast I had a few minutes to explore the Promenade Park which runs along the Maumee River and all but surrounds the hotel. It seemed a shame to miss it, just out the door of the hotel as it was, no matter how short our stay.
|Our hotel reflected in the side of the Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate|
|Propylaea by Dimitri Hadzi|
|View downstream from the hotel with the Promenade Park waterfront and|
the Anthony Wayne Bridge (aka the "High-Level Bridge") in the background
|View upstream from the hotel|
The bridges in order are:
Cherry Street Bridge, Craig Memorial Bridge (both Bascule deck drawbridges),
the new cable-stayed Veterans' Glass City Skyway.
It was a short ride from Toledo to The Henry Ford Museum (referred to as The Henry Ford these days) and Greenfield Village -- about 50 miles. We arrived very early and were free to explore for the day. Here again, I was transported back to childhood and wonderful family activities, having visited this Dearborn attraction with my immediate family and with aunts, uncles and cousins in the 1960s.
Even though we would have enjoyed wandering the village, it turned out to be the warmest day of our trip -- very hot even to us southerners. That coupled with the fact that it was Memorial Day and the place was over run, the Civil War was being reenacted, complete with scruffy, wool-clad soldiers -- Rebel and Union -- in the mix between battles. And, believe it or not, campfires burned cheerfully at every encampment. It looked hot in addition to being hot. We made for the shade of the museum -- spacious, cool, interesting and not nearly as popular as the village.
|Hood ornament , 1950 Lincoln, the Eisenhower "Bubbletop"|
|Door handle detail, "Bubbletop"|
Looks like an intense pair of eyes to me ...
|Having been introduced to DeWitt Clinton's strategy for getting the Erie Canal built, it was fun to see the reproduction of the 1831 train bearing his name. Essentially, it's a stagecoach on rails.|
|The 1939 Douglas DC-3|
Our accommodation for the night is at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, a huge hotel overlooking Ford's world headquarters, the distant Detroit skyline visible from our room. Dinner at the hotel, with no food service except in the bar, was a long and tedious affair. Seems the manager had closed all the restaurants for Memorial Day even though there was a fair number of guests and our group had been issued dinner vouchers.