Two friends we made at camp live in Michigan, which is just near Chicago so we decided to visit them for a few days. We started in East Lansing where Gator lives. The first night there we stayed in the RV park and had an early night. The next morning we went shopping in town and Gator picked us up from the RV around 6 and drove us to his house (Blondie was there as well!). He lives in a fraternity house just near his college. The house was massive – they had a kitchen and living room downstairs where a cook came and cooked them lunches and dinners, they also had a formal room that they use for meetings, and the rest of the house is divided into bedrooms. We had a few drinks in Gators room and then went across the hall to a room that was set up like a club!
We then went to the homecoming football game – the homecoming game is where all the past students from the local high school are invited to the game to catch up with new and old students. Unfortunately it was about 4 degrees and raining outside so we didn’t stay long. It was funny to see the cheerleaders in their wet weather gear though!
We then went back to Gators house to drop off our stuff and then walked to 3 different parties. The whole experience was exactly like the movies! Beer pong, red cups for the keg, keg stands etc. It was the norm for them but we were all very excited!
Early the next morning we drove with Blondie back to his college town, Ann Arbour. We parked the RV at the back of his house and could actually step from his back door into the van! We got ready and then headed to the college football game. The home team was the Michigan State Wolverines and they were playing Minnesota. As we walked through the streets to the game, every house along the way was full of people partying (it was 10am!), and we were able to go into any of the houses and have a beer – it was crazy!
At the game there was 110,000 people in attendance – it is the largest stadium for college football. There were two types of cheerleaders – pom pom dancers and also the ones who do the flips and the pyramids. There was also a massive marching band who provided half time entertainment. The atmosphere at the game was incredible! That night we bought a keg and had a party at Blondie’s house.
There was a dodge ball tournament the next day so we walked to that and watched the boys play. We also won a gift certificate in the raffle so went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch. That night we went to a delicious burger place that is known for the best burgers in town – they definitely lived up to their reputation!
Niagara Falls was the next destination – it was about a 5 hour drive and we stayed in a RV park where tours left from the front entrance. We did a tour of the Canadian side as we had been told that was the most beautiful. Unfortunately Colby could not cross the border without his passport so he did the American side tour. Our first stop was going on the Maid of the Mist – we got handed ponchos as we walked onto the boat and they said that if we didn’t want to get wet to stay on the bottom floor – so we went to the top! The boat went right up to the bottom of the falls which was amazing – we got completely soaked! Lucky we had our ponchos!
The next part of the tour took us behind the falls. There are tunnels you can walk in that have viewpoints of the water from behind the falls!
We also saw one of the largest whirlpools as well as a massive tourist shop where we bought lots of homemade fudge!
As we drove back to America, the view of the mist from the falls in front of the city was beautiful.
The next day we dropped Eddie at the airport as he was going to visit New York before heading back to LA. It was sad to say goodbye as we had so much fun with him in the van. We then drove to Boston and had a long sleep in Wompatuck State Park.
We headed into Boston and went on a walking tour around Harvard University which was massive. It is actually considered its own town with their own police.
We then visited the bar from Cheers and then had dinner at the first Italian Trattoria in Boston.
After dinner Croakie headed to the airport as he was heading back to LA early in the morning. This was definitely a very sad goodbye – he had been with us for about a month and we had SO much fun together! Will definitely catch up before we leave.
The next morning was another sad day when we said goodbye to Flik at the train station. All of a sudden it was just the two of us. We were really lucky to have had such a great group of people travelling with us, we never had any problems, even being squished into such a small space. We will definitely miss all of them.
We then caught a Ferry into Boston and walked around the city. We found a big indoor market with food stalls as far as the eye could see – it was very difficult to decide what to eat for lunch. We then went to the movies – unfortunately we walked into the wrong cinema and ended up seeing a different movie than the one we paid for! It was still good though – but we weren’t really satisfied, so we decided to see another one, maybe on the same ticket.....maybe not!!!
Some guys on the Ferry had suggested to Flynn that we visit Cape Cod – a beach area just out of Boston. So that’s where we headed next. We stayed in a small town called Brewster and went to the local festival the next day as well as some lighthouses and the beach.
We then stayed in a town called Sandwich and played Frisbee on the beach and went swimming (Flynn swam while I watched!).
The next destination was to be New York. We decided to stay in a place called New Haven for the night (about an hour out of New York) so we could do some laundry and rest before we hit the main city. It was a good idea until the washing machine stole all our quarters and jammed the machine! Unfortunately I had already added the detergent and a few days later when we got the chance to do our laundry again, the clothes that had been soaking in the soap had some lovely bleach marks on them!
Random Fact: I cannot find pate anywhere here...... my craving is increasing by the day and there is no way to satisfy it!
Love you all xxx