Lansing is the capital of Michigan. It reminds me of a big country town, except there are a few high rise buildings and it has the most beautiful capital building. There are plenty of malls too and some of the biggest stores I have ever been in – one called Meijer, which is like a supermarket, discount department store, hardware store, pet shop and just about anything else you can imagine rolled into one. The store we went into was also open 24 hours a day and has a barber shop, Subway, insurance agent and numerous other departments too. The children at St Michaels told me that it was nothing compared with the Wal-Mart. I’m saving Wal-Mart until I get to the south – my friend Dianne can have the honour of taking me there!
It was great learning about life in the mid-west, what Sid and Sandra did for work, holidays and just how things happened in Lansing in general. Dinner was delicious too and it was so great to be having a home cooked meal. Sandra had made a rhubarb crumble using ‘heirloon’ rhubarb that she had grown from her grandfather’s garden and it was scrumptious!
Just before 4pm we hopped in the car and drove back to Chicago. Fortunately with the one hour time difference, putting the clock back again, we were there by 7pm. The trip was a little hair raising as we were driving a teeny tiny Nissan – perfect for the two of us and our luggage – not so perfect for the gale force winds on the freeway and passing semi-trailers and monster trucks! But we got back in one piece, without any wrong turns and even managed to negotiate the toll without having to get out of the car.