Experiencing America > The Lighthouse and the Center of the U.S. 2008 > Day 1

Day ONE...
Saturday, October 18, 2008


The trip started off in the late monring hours of the day from the trip began. It was a weekend getaway and a change to see the oranges, reds, browns, and other colors of the trees in this great United States.

NB I-55 on the Kankakee River Bridge. NOTE: There is some changes to the leaves...some...

As we attempt to escape the great state of Illinois. The question is what are we going to do? What are we going to see? What is the point of the trip??

Maybe a good weekend activity...is to...um...follow these guys...


State #2!!!...Indiana...


Not much to the state of Indiana, atleast for this trip...or any of the past trips...kind of a pointless state...just a place to pass through....

Bumper stickers keep getting stupider...

When you are in Northwest Indiana, you just have to stop in Michigan City. Why???...not sure, but it seems like one of the right things to do. Here we found the first Goodwill of the trip...and didn't find a thing...

We did find the Gourmet House!...Really thought how good can Chinese Food in Michigan City be? Which is better that place in Kansas we found...or here???

A just a picture of a holsum small town america main street.

So we are done with Michigan City, and we didn't get to see the shopping mall or the casino...

State #3!!!...Michigan...

We continued into the land or, um...the place of...What the hell is Michigan know for other than cold???...anyways we entered Michigan.

Lighthouse #1...this is at the Michigan Welcome Center.

The journey was along Interstate 94 to Benton Harbor, home to Whirlpool Appilance...and a bunch of run down place...it is the Arkansas of the North!

More leafs south of Benton Harbor...pretty....

In Benton Harbor, we found another Goodwill, saw some eletric fuse boxes, mugs from some bank I have never heard of, and other junk that we didn't need. You remember the wierd creepy lady from Ashdown, Arkansas???...I found her husband, boryfriend, soul mate, what ever...this dude was creepy and wierd...

The Goodwill in Benton Harbor...

A encouraging sign in Benton Harbor...spells out nice place to live and raise a family...

So with all the fun in Benton Harbor we had to go...I know sad...We headed up Interstate 196 along "Michigan's Western Coast"! The first stop was in South Haven. Here there are some small shops and oh yeah...Lake Michigan.

Lighthouse #2...South Haven...thrilling I know...

We headed out of South Haven along the Blue Star. Here we saw big houses, trees, the lake...and a boat. We foun Saugatuck...or what ever. A small, and busy tourist trap.

A big boat...

So...not much there...so a look at the tourist guides suggest we try the Tulip City...one problem is we are six or eight months late for the tulips...but we went anyway! We did find yet another Goodwill right off the main highway...found cups!...yes Pfaltzgraff cups...wow! There was a sink to...but I did not think I had a use for a sink.

Downtown Holland had a farmers market...it was nice...some shops...they were nice...hard time finding a resturant with parking...we ended up at a Taco Bell...

It sounds like it is a fun time in here...

So...South Haven was nicer than Benton Harbor...and Holland was nicer that South Haven...so what is up north...does it just keep getting nicer as we head north up Michigan's Western Coast??? Lets find out!

Pretty leafs near West Olive, MI...Look...Pretty!!!

So, the thought is Michigan gets nicer, the further up the western coast you go...the mall in Norton Shores or where ever looked nice...Muskegon on the other hand...not nicer...like taking a trip back...to Benton Harbor. It did have a nice sign in the town.

See pretty sign...

After Muskegon, we headed to Grand Rapids for the night. In collection of post offices for our sister site "The Mailbox", we stopped in Coopersville. This town was in the middle of their scarwcorw fest or something. Kinda wierd coming around a corner and seeing various dressed up scarecrows. Coopersville is home to the tourist railroad, Coopersville & Marne Railroad.

A old engine for the CMRR.

So we head to the hotel in Grand Rapids. Then to dinner...found a Logan's Roadhouse...good food

Looking south at Downtown Grand Rapids, just after sun set.

Day TWO