Hubby and I had a great time, but it had more to do with the antics of a two year old than the festival. Sorry festival organizers, but nothing can beat a grandchild for entertainment, at least not to first time grandparents.
|Grandma, are you going to photograph me for 48 solid hours?|
Silly boy....I have to sleep sometime!
Cars, Toy Story, (all animated movies) as well as Looney Tunes and Kipper videos. Multiple times. Often while hearing other videos playing on Mommy or Daddy's cell phone held in his 2 year old hands with a death grip. You might notice that my son is wearing ear buds while driving. He is listening to sports while all this other stuff is going on.
The view from our room. Not bad, eh?
Parasailing, anyone? Not this chicken. Not only am I not a spring chicken, I was a yellow bellied, scaredy-cat chicken when I was a young chick.
It certainly was pretty weather for it though.
On the way to the festival, we visited Lego Land. There were 5 or 6 Lego sculptures that were amazing to me. I wish they had placards stating how many pieces were used and how long it took to create the various designs.
All fairs look alike, don't they?
The following day we visited the The Village at the Grand Traverse Commons, a collections of shops and eateries housed in what was once Traverse City State Hospital, also known as Northern Michigan Asylum. What a nice way to preserve interesting architecture and make a happy place out of one that for a century had to be a very dark place. I am not inferring poor treatment, just unhappiness that anyone should suffer from mental illnesses that required hospitalization.
I didn't ask busy shopkeepers if I could photograph their stores so this is the only photo I took in one of the halls. Those aren't stained glass windows for sale, they are glass mosaics. I don't know what holds them together, but they were beautiful.
We only bought a few items on this trip. A jar of cherry-almond butter that I will savor on toast and pretend it is calorie free and easy to purchase without ordering it online for $17 with shipping and tax; a pound of chocolate covered dried cherries (I think it is crack in disguise) that would cost about $27 to replace by mail; this rubber cord necklace and silver slide that holds any of the four "lucky stones" that I bought
The vase is 4.5 inches tall. The lucky stones are Black Labradorite, Purple Crazy Lace, Howlite (the white stone) and Rose Jasper.
According to legend, stones with holes in them are lucky and have been collected as talismans since the Neolithic age. Some believed they could cure illnesses or ward off misfortune and nightmares. Fisherman kept them to increase their catch and farmers nailed them to their barns to protect their livestock. In Victorian days, it was considered especially lucky to spit on the stone and toss it over your left shoulder while chanting "Lucky stone, Lucky stone, bring me some luck, today or tomorrow at twelve o'clock."