Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids, Michigan., originally uploaded by iMachias.

Earl and I have been planning this vacation week for a couple of months. Our destination would be a new adventure: we were going to drive up to Québec City, spend a few nights there before heading across New Brunswick to Halifax, Nova Scotia, spend a few nights there and then head to Prince Edward Island before heading back home. It’d take nine days or so.

It was Thursday that we were looking for the weather forecast for our destination and quite frankly we were non-plussed. The forecast showed showers (or a chance of them) every day we were gone with temperatures between 65 and 75 Fahrenheit.

With the weather we’ve been having at home, we wanted something warmer and sunnier.

I pointed to the map at a general area that I thought would make a good alternate destination and Earl agreed. We haven’t told many people where we are headed but we have a pretty good idea where we are going to be this week. I have no idea why we are being relatively secretive about the destination but it adds an air of mystery to our plans.

The drive started out with wild thunderstorms and blinding rain but once we crossed into Canada the sun came out and the skies cleared for a beautiful day. We headed across Southern Ontario on the 401 (I have now officially been on the entire length of this beautiful freeway) through the cities of Hamilton, London and Windsor before crossing back into the states and finding ourselves in Detroit. From there we headed across Michigan through Lansing and decided to spend the night in Grand Rapids.

And here we are.

One of our online friends (and an AMAZING photographer), Terry, lives here in Grand Rapids. He is out on a photoshoot tonight so we don’t know if we are going to be able to see him during our short visit here. Now that we know that Grand Rapids is relatively close to us, I can certainly see us coming back here to visit again.

Earl and I roamed around the downtown area, grabbed a bite to eat and got a quick feel for this city. It’s a great little town (from what we have seen) and look forward to coming back to visit again someday.

Tomorrow morning we are back on the road. Our vacation is off to a great start.