1 Week Out

It’s t-minus one week to Memorial Day weekend. Are you ready?!

In true American form, I’ll be adventuring out on the road. A four day trip; nine hours of driving¬†way. With this being the last weekend before the trip, there is plenty to get done. Here’s what I’m up to, and my “one week out checklist.”

Ready the Ride

There is no way around it: a safe and functioning car. A quick run of the vacuum and some Armor All will make sure the car is comfortable. The important part is the mechanics. Oil change time! We’ll fill up the wiper fluid. Check the tire pressure. All important.

Planning the Packing

When you drive somewhere, there are far fewer restrictions on what you can pack. There’s no weight limit, or size requirements (per say) for baggage. But just because you can bring everything you own, doesn’t mean you should.

Four days, in decently hot weather, with walking planned, I’ll be packing two outfits for each day. Day and evening. As few shoes as possible. Some laundry soap for delicates. Not a blow dryer — because I called to make sure I don’t have to. (Really, if you have a question, just call.) Should be able to manage a carry on sized bag and be good. But planning what I’m going to wear is well under way. What should I pack, and what will I wear this week for work? Why is this important? Laundry.

The Supplies

We’re bringing a map. A real paper (ok, its laminated) map. Of course we have GPS –I’m a waze enthusiast. But when I’m unsure where I’m going, or (shock, no shock) my phone dies, the trip continues. I also like the idea of a map, so it’s coming.¬†A cooler for drinks and good snacks. If you don’t bring the foods and drinks you want, you’ll be forced to eat and drink what you can find. And while that’s fun, that’s also risky when your trapped in the car with someone.

There will be some last minute scrambling. Because always.

Weekend In: Cleveland

Despite its relative proximity to the southeast Michigan, I’ve never been to Cleveland before. Or, I don’t remember being there if I have ever been. Which I generally think is worse than not having been.

When the opportunity came to head down for the day, I was happy to ride along. I brought along the audio version of Andy Cohen’s “Most Talkative,” and after a leisurely breakfast, we were off. Metro-Detroit to Cleveland is a manageable three hours. On the way there, we took the lake-side route, avoiding tolls.

During this quick trip, there was only one clear goal. We were meeting up with a good friend of Lauren’s at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “around” lunch. It was a bright, sunny…. windy, freezing day along the lake shore. Which is precisely where the RRHOF is.

Parking couldn’t have been easier, with a structure at the adjacent Great Lakes Science Center. With a bit of time to burn, we harnessed our inner child and did some exploring.

More of a ‘hand-on-museum’, the Science Center offered kids the opportunity to interact with every exhibit. Admittedly, two grown ladies are not the audience for this place. This became extremely clear as the combined noise of “all the crap on the 3rd floor” had us rushing for the exit after one quick turn.

Lunch and more adult scenery beckoned and we made our way to the RRHOF. The restaurant offered few, but quality choices, and was not ridiculously priced. Which is always nice to see in museums. Perhaps because there is an entrance fee , there’s no need to rake you over at concession too. Thoughtful of them. We ate and waited, and soon friends arrived and our tour of the building began.

The layout of the RRHOF was not entirely easy to navigate. Several “half floors” and back-tracking stairs made it a bit confusing. The 5th and 6th floor special exhibit area featured a photo expo on Herb Ritts, which was outstanding. To my mind, more space could have been dedicated to this.

To me, the best parts of the museum were the engraved walls with each inductee’s signature, and the lowest level which contains wardrobe from notable acts. The meat dress is here, as are the tour costumes of many contemporary artists.

The final stop on the tour, and one which should not go without comment, was the store. A huge selection of vinyl records, tshirts, magnets and more take up nearly half of the first floor.

In total, we spent about six hours in Cleveland. This seems like just the right amount of time to do both museums. If you have kids, you’ll undoubtedly spend more time at the GLSC, but presumably less time at the HOF.