I am infuriated with Ms. Alex Beaton, queen bee of the Awesome Mitten. She has requested that I select the three features that I have enjoyed writing the most since starting with the Awesome Mitten a billion years ago. This request is outlandish! I have loved writing nearly every feature so far; each one gives me a deeper insight into the AWESOMENESS that is Michigan. That being said, if I must choose, the three that stand out to me are:
This adventure was the perfect example of the great people you find in Michigan. Once a month, these fine folks would get together, strap some speakers to a bicycle, and ride around Traverse City. The intent was to raise awareness for bicycle safety in the area, and to have a jolly good time doing so. It was an afternoon full of good conversation, waving pedestrians, and sightseeing in our beautiful hometown. I will not soon forget these wonderful Bike Party enthusiasts.
Riot. There is literally no other explanation for the Cycle Pub than to call it a riot. This contraption is a giant bicycle bar, powered by individuals pedaling their way to different bars. There is no better method of transportation, and if bar crawls are an activity of interest to you, I highly recommend taking a tour with the TC Cycle Pub.
Growing up in Northern Michigan, I felt it was my duty to try hunting. I have many family members that have provided me with hunted, bloody meat over the years, thus creating the obligation in me to return the favor. Well, I did not fill anyone’s stomach with delicious Northern Michigan meat. No animals were seen on my hunting adventure. I did, however, have a blast sitting in a very high tree stand, wearing my step-father’s extra large orange suit, holding a gun. Maybe next year will be my year to catch a nice deer.
I suppose those are my favorite. Don’t be surprised if I change my mind; since starting with the Awesome Mitten, I have had the pleasure of sampling amazing craft beer, perfectly fermented wines, and specialty food from all over the state. And of course, the people; the individuals I have encountered, interacted with, and gotten to know throughout my time with the Awesome Mitten have changed my life. I could not be more grateful to be a part of this growing adventure and cannot wait to share my next escapade with you all.