Michigan – Unexpected

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Michigan much, but it turned out to be more fun than I was anticipating. It was a rather pleasant day and we had a fun time.

We went to Kalamazoo which is cool to say anyway and went to the Air Zoo, which I was expecting to be pretty lame, but turned out to be pretty awesome.

The town of Kalamazoo was also really nice. We had some really nice food from someone who bought the food to our car like in the 50’s.

I would rate Michigan 7.8 out of ten and recommend it as a nice short trip for anyone.

MI Clouds

MI planes

The State motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.” (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)

Michigan is a very northerly state and is in Lake Michigan, so it gets quite cold, but is also very lovely.

My total score for Michigan out of 50 is 37.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 8. Got some really nice artisan chocolate and there is a cool root beer stand which was awesome.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 7. Surprising amount to do for small towns.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 7. Quite pretty.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 7. People were really nice and chatty.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 8. Hot dog, root beer and root beer float for less than $5.

Day 47 – Planes, games and some more planes

We visited the air zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan today. The Air Zoo has a large number of planes on display including a blackbird.

The bulk of the aircraft are presented very well, there are well painted and really add to the presentation of the air craft. There are a number of historically important air craft.

There are also a number of simulators and interactive games of varying quality. They are a little out of date (think early 3d), however they are still reasonable fun and very well staffed.

There is a 4d theatre which as I have explained means that they shoot air at you and shake your chair. There are two shows, one relating to ww2 bombers and the second relating to the first man in the moon. The shows are of pretty good production quality, however the technical quality of the cinema seems a bit limited, so there is not much delicacy to the movement, which means that your chair will randomly drop through the show and it is quite rough.

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