Day 16 – Ann Arbor

Thank you Joni, Sean, and family for such a wonderful visit!

Before leaving town, we made a stop at Murdick’s Fudge Shoppe – it was so highly recommended that we knew we couldn’t pass it up!

1 - Murdick's Fudge Shop

In addition to the fudge, we split a great breakfast burrito from The 45th Parallel.  (The shop is located exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole.  Very cool!)  As we were eating on the tailgate of the truck, a passerby inquired about Bullseye’s California plates.  After we briefly explained the move, he mentioned a recent visit he and his wife had to Connecticut.  He shared his wife’s love for a small town called “Essex” and especially The Griswold Inn.  What are the chances?!

Back on the road, our journey across the state of Michigan was fairly uneventful and we arrived at Bruin Lake Campground in the Pickney Recreation Area with just enough time to set up Turtle and make our way to Ann Arbor.  Tonight’s plan was to meet up with Patrick’s cousin, John, for dinner and exploration of the University of Michigan campus.

2 - Campsite

We met up with John and his partner, Hannah, for dinner at The Lunch Room – a vegan restaurant that offered “more traditional” meals but made with “non-traditional ingredients.”  For example, Ally got the “Chili Mac and Cheese” that was made with butternut squash and red pepper.  It was surprisingly delicious!

3 - Ally Dinner

With the meal and a local IPA in our belly, we set out for a walk around the town and check out campus.  Much of Ann Arbor resembled downtown West Hartford – very walkable streets, with a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants lining the streets.  We headed to a nearby home-improvement-store-by-day-beer-garden-by-night but were disappointed to discover its one day a week closure was today.

4 - Ann Arbor Beer Garden

We made our way to the University and found some absolutely gorgeous buildings.

4a - UM Quad

4b - UM Law School
University of Michigan Law School

After meandering through the city, we were back at John’s apartment and picked up another cold 6-pack at the local co-op.  We put our trusty hiking chairs to use again for the inaugural “stoop party” with John and Hannah.  We shared stores of camping trips, hikes, and rock climbing – and exchanged podcast recommendations, too.  Thanks for sharing your city with us!  We had a great time.

A 35-minute drive brought us back to Turtle, with another early alarm set.  Tomorrow, we’re off to Canada!

5 - Sun on Lake

Leland, MI to Ann Arbor, MI – 250 miles (4.5 hours)

-Ally and Patrick

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