Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Grad Girls In Traverse City

I am not sure who came up with the idea that Teri, Rachel and I would go on a vacation every year. I do know that the tradition started after we had so much fun when we went to New York City. Since then we have been to Chicago and now to Traverse City. This was a tough summer for all of us and finding the time to go took some maneuvering and some days off work for Teri and Rachel, but we made it happen.

We started our vacation with a long day of driving … first to Traverse City and then through many of the little towns in the area. We made sure to stop at the Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor to get some yummy snacks and to drive by some of my favorite places from vacations that I used to take the with Horosko family. Teri thoroughly enjoyed using her Mario driving skills that day and Rachel loved the opportunity to catch some sleep when possible. At the end of our long drive we had a great dinner at Scott’s Harbor Grill which is on the bay and has fantastic drinks and blue cheese dip. Following dinner we went to the hotel for a break, to Teri and I that meant checking e-mail and watching Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch and to Rachel that meant a little nap. When Rachel was rested and ready to go we headed to the casino to make some money. The highlight of the adventure was Rachel and the slot machine. After looking for three penny slots in a row, which is very hard to do. We all sat down threw in some money and got ready to win. Rachel turned to me and asked what buttons to hit, I reach over and hit a few buttons mumbling something about playing max bet to get the biggest payout. I then hit a few buttons on my machine and Rachel leans over and says, “What does it mean when it says $50 something dollars here at the top.” I think my exact words were, “Hello, that means you won.” I still attribute Rachel’s winning to her nap and will try that strategy myself the next time we are up there.

Monday, was quite the day … it started with a tour of the different wineries in the area. Followed by lunch and McDonalds, because we all know how good that grease tastes. Then off to the theater to see Sex in the City, boy that was a roller coaster of emotions. Reeling from the drama we did what any normal girls would do, we drove downtown and calmed ourselves with some good shopping. The night was capped off with drinks, dinner and more drinks at the Red Mesa grill, a great suggestion by Jessica Carter.

The last day we were there we took in the beach and made our way back to Grand Rapids to drop me off and then back to the South Side so Rachel and Teri could go home. Overall it was another great trip with my Grad Girls.