|Sunrise on Lake Michigan|
But it was a pretty state. Lots of flat land. A sky so low, it looked like you could touch it. And for that outdoor September wedding in a gorgeous white rented tent ... it snowed.
One thing I find interesting about Michigan is its split personality. Parts of it are very big city-congested and dirty, while others contain lots of open spaces and beautiful Victorian homes. And moose. Let's not forget the moose. I'm not sure, but I think their idea of a seven-course meal up there is a six-pack of beer and a bag of smelt, and with all their cold weather and snow, they pretty much define summer as three months of bad sledding. They also have more than eleven thousand inland lakes, and the state abuts four of the five Great Lakes. Combined, that adds up to the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, which equates to lots of water activities, and lots of scenic lighthouses. In that picture of Lake Michigan above, the building you see is the Adler planetarium. The picture may be showing sunrise, but it sure looks like a gorgeous setting to me.
Here's one of Michigan's Holland Harbor lighthouse. Dontcha love its bold color and unique structure?
This old picture, circa 1878, shows rowers passing Detroit's Boat Club. This sure isn't an image I ever would've associated with Detroit.
The Paint Creek Cider Mill. Pretty, isn't it?
Grand Rapids is home to this 24-foot da Vinci horse, the largest bronze sculpture in the western hemisphere.
Indian River is home of the largest crucifix in the world. It's called the Cross in the Woods.
Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. For the past 125 years, the J.W. Westcott has been delivering mail to ships while they are still underway.
Allegedly, the Soo Locks, between Lakes Superior and Huron, passes more tonnage of goods than the Suez and Panama Canals combined.
At forty-eight feet tall, with a wind arrow twenty-six feet long, and weighing 3500 pounds, Montague boasts the largest weatervane in the world.
The Saugatuck Ferry is the only remaining chain-driven ferry in the world. It's actually hand-propelled.
Michigan is, of course, known as the long-time car capital of the world. Shown in the picture is Henry Ford on a 1905 Quadricycle.
The Henry Ford Museum is located in Dearborn, and here's a brief tour of some of the totally cool vehicles that can be seen there:
Time to take a look-see to find out what kinds of nutty laws can still be found on the books in Michigan.
- It's illegal to be drunk on trains. (Guess that means no coq au vin in the dining car.)
- It's against the law for a man to seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl. (He has to wait until after she ties the knot.)
- A woman isn't permitted to cut her own hair without her husband's permission. (Suppose she's single?)
- But it IS legal for a robber to file a law claim if he gets injured while robbing your house.
- There is a ten-cent bounty paid for each rat's head brought into a town office. (EW! Just think about all those poor headless bodies running around.)
- It's against the law to swear in front of women and children. (Repealed in 2002, probably after lawmakers realized some of the women and children swore like longshoremen.)
- In Clawson, it's legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens. (After the insufferable boor tells his wife she can't cut her hair, he may have no other choice.)
- In Detroit, you're only permitted to make love in an automobile if it's parked on your own property.
- And willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited. (How about if I accidentally throw it out the window?)
- It is also illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sundays. (But she can scowl at HIM ... especially if he won't let her get a haircut.)
- And it's illegal to let your pig run free, unless it has a ring in its nose.
- In Harper Woods, it's against the law to paint sparrows and try to sell them as parakeets. (I guess someone must have actually tried to DO that!)
- In Kalamazoo, it's illegal to serenade your girlfriend. (The way some people sing, this may be a blessing.)
- All bathing suits must be inspected by the head of police in Rochester. (Think there's (ahem) stiff competition for this job?)
- In Soo, it's against the law to smoke in bed. (Oh, boy, I could reeeeeally say something here, but I'll behave.)
- And finally, in Wayland, if you want to keep your cow on Main Street, it'll cost you three cents a day.(What a bargain! Cheaper than parking a car.)
And, now it's that time again, boys and girls. It's time for (ta-DA!)
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Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.