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Saturday, 29 June 2013

US North East Trip – Michigan

After Indiana, we drove to Michigan for the upper peninsular. I could not make it in a day to upper peninsular, so I drove until late night, and we stopped to get some sleep at a resting area where there was a Tourist Information with bathroom.

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

But there was one huge reward for me in Michigan! I found TIM HORTONS!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve not been there for several months where I used to go almost every single day! The building, the paper cups, the menus, the uniforms, the trays, and even the taste were all the same as those in Canada!

Lake Huron on your right

Lake Huron on the right

At the end of lower peninsular, we crossed a bridge. It was very cool because when you are on it, you have Lake Michigan on your left and Lake Huron on your right.

Lake Michigan on the left

Lake Michigan on the left

We were literally crossing two Great Lakes at a time! The bridge’s name is Mackinac Bridge and you need to pay to cross, you have to cross it to go to upper peninsular (you have no choice), and it was worth paying for because of the scene. The camera cannot contain exactly what I saw, but it was so beautiful.

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

At Michigan, the weather was not helping us a lot, because we had almost all cloudy weather with colder and strong wind. But even so, it was really beautiful place. It was so seriously beautiful. Hannah asked me once why Michigan is so beautiful, and I answered, “Because it is closer to Canada.”

Michigan has three of the Great Lakes – Michigan, Superior, and Huron. If you have trouble memorising all five names of Great Lakes, try to remember just HOMES for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

Lake Superior is the world’s largest lake, and shared by both Canada and America – Province of Ontario in Canada, and three states of America which are Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

We went to Marquette, MI and stopped many other places for sightseeing. Marquette is small town by the Lake Superior, but it is so beautiful. Because of the cloudy weather, I could not picture the beauty well. When I was at Marquette, I thought about two Canadian towns. One was because of the name – Marquette, MB. And the other was because of the beauty – Thunder Bay, ON. If you have chance, you MUST visit Thunder Bay – it is so beautiful and pretty.

Power of bank

Power of bank

For the picture above, I realised how powerful and useful a bank is. Just look at the water and wave of both sides of the bank. Do I need to explain more?

A way to a river

A way to a river

Even any roads in Michigan were beautiful. Look at all the colours of the trees. After we finish the all 50-state-road-trip, Michigan is definitely a place to come back. Michigan is so clean and beautiful, which I guess because it is close to Canada, eh!

Colourful Trees

Colourful Trees

The colourful trees made me miss all the maple trees in Canada. It is said that the colour change of the trees on mountains in Ontario and Quebec is noticeable even from the space! Oh, this writing made me craving for maple syrup.


Thursday, 27 September 2012

US North East Trip – Delaware and Connecticut

After Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we headed to Delaware,  the neighbouring state.

A bridge on the way to Delaware

Delaware is the second smallest state in America next to Rhode Island. According to the population, it is 45th which is 6th backward, but by the density, it is 6th. It has nickname of first state because it approved the US constitution first among  the original 13 states.

There are lots of dolphin statues in Rehoboth Beach

In the state of Delaware, we went to Rehoboth Beach. If you go to Rehoboth Beach from New Jersey, you don’t have to drive all the way – there is shortcut ferry from Cape May, New Jersey to Lewis, Delaware which is the harbour next to the beach.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is not the huge one but it is small and lovely. You can see the beautiful Atlantic ocean. And the beach walk along the shore is very nicely made with wood panels. Everything is so pretty and lovely.

Atlantic Ocean!

On the beach side, there is a small size amusement park and the price was amazingly cheap!

It was my first time to see the Atlantic Ocean, so I tasted it to see if it is really salty. 🙂

Rehoboth Beach is very nice place just to relax, and it is about 40 minutes driving from Ocean City, Maryland.

After that, we did not spend the night there, we went our way to Connecticut. We stopped at a Safeway for gas and also we bought some really cheap ready foods there. When I was in Winnipeg, Canada, I always saw Safeways everywhere. But after I moved into Illinois, USA, I see lots of Dominick’s whose store interior or uniform are exactly the same, and even they sell Safeway brand products. When I was fuelling, even my Dominick’s membership card worked at Safeway’s gas bar!

Management School at Yale University

We slept at a Rest Area on the highway, and the next morning we went to Connecticut. There, we saw the Yale University, one of the most famous Ivy League school, and also we saw some of the city.

There were lots of smart looking young students, and I thought one of them (or more) is the future president of America. And I also had the same thought when I went to Harvard University seeing some of lazy and drunken student – he may be the future president of America. (If you can understand my joke).

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