Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Frankenmuth, MI

A trip to Frankenmuth, MI was planned for Sunday, Oct. 26th. The weather forecast was for scattered rain possibly mixed with snow. Seemed to me to be the perfect match for a wonderful time.

On our way there the skies looked threatening, but we didn't get into any rain until we exited I-75 at Frankenmuth. Oh well, just a sprinkle, it will be ok.

We headed for Bronners. After all it's said to be the Largest Christmas Store in the World!

Of course we had to get a picture of Santa.

It started to rain a little harder just as we exited the car to take the picture. By the time we got back to the car, just a few hundred feet away, we were both pretty soaked.

Drove over to the store and it was closed. Didn't open until noon and it was just 10:30am. So we headed for the downtown area to check out all the other stores. Found a parking spot kind of close to the stores, at least I thought it was, but under a steady rain it seemed farther away than expected. So we were soaked again. Went into a couple stores and back to the car.

Knowing that we wanted to walk around the town, I suggested that we head back to the exit of I-75 where we both noticed a new Meijer's for the purchase of 2 umbrellas. Wilma commented that the sun will probably come out after I buy the umbrellas. I was going to get them anyway.

Sure enough, exiting the store with $20.00 worth of umbrellas the sun was shinning. Wilma and I had a chuckle out of it. I mentioned that everyone owed me big time for the purchase of the umbrellas because now its going to be sunny the rest of the day.

Getting hungry now, so we decided to head for town and get a "Famous Chicken Dinner". We decided to choose Zehnders Restaurant. The chicken dinner was pretty good, but not as good as the Amish down in Shipshewana, IN. We both had so much food we had to ask for containers to take home. Mmm...lunch for tomorrow.

After dinner we headed back to Bronners to walk through the worlds largest Christmas store.

Now being here in the past, I remembered how easy it is to get lost because of its size. So entering this time I made note of which entrance we came in at. The West entrance. So as long as I don't forget that we will be ok.

After several hours of walking and looking we found a couple items to purchase. Don't want to get too carried away in this store, as the prices are quite high. I didn't notice many costumers with filled baskets of items, so I believe the prices were keeping everyone from buying. But it was fun looking and getting in the spirit of the season.

We left Bronners and headed South on I-75 going home. Wilma tilted back the seat and closed her eyes, taking a little cat nap. After all, it's an hour and a half to get home.

All in all we had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the changing colors of the trees, the town of Frankenmuth, chicken dinner, and fun "tourist traps" to walk through.

Another great adventure in our lives. Come back again. Until then, be safe and God Bless.

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