Next stop, Dexter, Michigan.
What could possibly bring us to Dexter? Nothing other than a good, reliable pen pal.
You ask, “If I don’t have a pen pal, should I visit Dexter?” And I would respond, “Absolutely!, but an inner tube or other floating device allows you to get the full effect.”
Here’s our experience: we arrive in Dexter, and even though Woody knows the address by heart, he wants to give our hosts fair warning. Within a few short minutes, Bob – I mean, Captain Bob – magically appears, and we have our own personal lead car.
We get a run down of the place, and Carlos is immediately satisfied. They have a large yard, a friendly old hound named Bella, and forget-me-not lined watering holes at every turn.
Lively conversation, old photos and a home cooked dinner, soon we were reacquainted. So, we settle in, catch up with wifi, start charging all the electronics, even get a window to devour another episode of Game of Thrones. (Yes, we are officially hooked.) And, when Friday afternoon arrived, it was boat time. We see Bob in action, and how he earned the respect of Captain:
thought, organization & hustle are required for a smooth boat trip. Within minutes of getting home from a full days work, we were on the Huron River. Once we have all the canoes on the water, everyone gathers to the nearby sandbar. Here, you jump off the bar into a swim hole, shake off the water and share a few words of gratitude. Then, suddenly the solemnity is broken with the concluding, Mekka Lekka Hi Mekka Hiney Ho!
Peaceful, serene nature is what you experience. We learned about new birds, past tornadoes, and canoeing in the snow. We decide we’d like to find an oriole. So far, I can only say, I’ve heard an oriole.
We thrilled at the osprey who literally joined our boat party.
He would fly 50 or so yards from us, and as our boats cruised under him, he would swoop from his perch, and land only 50 or so yards down river, waiting for us. This happened in succession about 7 or 8 times!
This excursion happened to be a dog-friendly one too. It didn’t take long for Carlos to be comfortable in the canoe, but his butt was getting sore and stiff by the end.
We unloaded our boats at River Brian’s, a private property, but clearly a regular hang out on a Friday night. Frisbee flipping, bonfire being prep’d, someone doing a beer run, another dragging mattress springs over the gravel as some sort of infield leveler. So, we hang out, while Captain Bob drove back to the drop-in spot, gathered up the vehicle with the rack, hustled back, gathered gear, loaded 3 canoes, rinse, repeat.
Even though everyone was welcoming, and inclusive, Captain had his own backyard bonfire for us, and Carlos was anxious to just chill anyway – for some reason, all that frisbee play got him wound up, even acting as though he can still catch one!
Of course, everyone knows that when Woody’s in town, no visit is complete without seeing the local brew scene. And, that’s just what we do, with Bob & Beanie as our guide, a Dexter, Michigan pub crawl. Sampling IPA options, and nibbling appetizers at RedBrick Kitchen, then off to the Beer Grotto, a tasting room featuring Michigan brews, and we conclude at Null, a confluence where Jolly Pumpkin Ales and North Peak are brewed.
After that we did Chinese take out! Awesome conclusion to a fun filled visit.