Oh the benefits of retirement! For the past week we’ve had two of my siblings visit and instead of me heading off to work while they go exploring I’ve been able to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun sights right along with them. Each day we did something different, and if I weren’t headed out again today I’d try to show you all of it. But, given limited time, and your limited patience, I’ll just share with you the day we spent in Detroit. As you’ll see, it was a long and varied day.
Our first stop was Belle Isle, a park on an island in the middle of the Detroit River. There’s a giant fountain on the eastern edge of the island and it’s very beautiful, but when I looked at my images once we were home I was fascinated by this shot – the spikes of water shooting up into the blue sky.
The shot doesn’t show the whole fountain, but you can see that anywhere.
There’s a beautiful glass arboretum on the island. We stopped to visit, but it was only open Thursday through Sunday. We were there on a Tuesday.
Still, it was beautiful and the grounds around it are gorgeous.
Then we drove over to the far east end of the island and wandered through a beautiful grassy meadow…
…where we found a functioning lighthouse. Another historic building, just beautiful in the sun, standing majestic under the shifting clouds.
After spending several hours on the island we went back to the city and parked along the waterfront. It’s been developed into a beautiful walkway, part of which travels behind General Motors’ headquarters.
From the Riverwalk we watched ships travel the river between Great Lakes.
Across the river is Windsor, Canada. We waved, and her flag waved back.
Up in town, Joe Lewis’ fist waited to great us.
It was a beautiful day, the day after hundreds of thousands of people had been at Hart Plaza, right where we were standing, enjoying the fireworks. Already the plaza had been cleaned up.
Then we took the People Mover, an elevated train, over to Greektown for dinner.
Along the way we saw a lot of the city, and watched progress being made on another new building.
We had a great dinner at Greektown and then headed back to the river and the car.
Detroit is on the move…we enjoyed our visit, but we had to move on too. My Fitbit recorded 19,000+ steps. Our feet were tired, our bellies were full, time to head for home. Another great day of retirement was in the book.
I’m looking forward to the next adventure!