This past Monday my brothers, my mother and I went to Frankenmuth. It had been something like four years since our last vacation so with tax refunds arriving, etc, we decided it was time to go.
If you've never been to Frankenmuth, Michigan, here's a basic run-down: fudge and chicken. There's a bit more to it than that but I think those are the two main things it's known for. Oh, and also for trying to bring German back. It's kinda big in my family. We've had a couple whole family trips up there. My mother married Bruce there. For a while, not a year would go by without a trip of at least my immediate household going up to the Bavarian Inn Lodge and staying a night or two. But, like I said, we hadn't been there for four years so we made plans post haste.
It's a real family oriented place. The Lodge is like a hotel but with a giant game room and four or five pools in the lower level. It was probably more appropriate to go there as a family when we were in the 9 - 15 age range but whatever, it was nostalgic and what not. Just getting out of Port Huron and spending some "quality" time together was the main idea.
We stayed three nights, leaving Thursday morning. The real highlights were swimming and retarded meals. I put my diet on a bit of a hiatus, otherwise, what's the point of going to Frankenmuth? The first couple nights were awesome, Monday and Tuesday, so the place was pretty empty. We had the pool areas pretty much to ourselves, which is nice when you're self-conscious like I am.
Before entering Frankenmuth, we stopped off in Birch Run. If you've never been there, it's just like a huge strip mall. It was honestly a let down. Well, we were mainly going there because they have a Casual Male XL and a Big Dogs store but I was surprised at the lack of anything but clothing stores. Honestly like 40 clothing stores. I really wanted to get some video games or DVDs (yeah, I can do that at home but not when I'm in that "I'm on vacation, I have over $300 spending money to blow on whatever" mind set). They had a Borders but damn... this place was sad. It was like an impression of a bookstore. The whole store was like the clearance section of our Barnes and Noble. It was really sad that someone gets paid to maintain it. Anyway, I ended up getting a sweet hoodie and some new shirts. Good times there.
Highlights of the actual Frankenmuth trip were kind of mellow. I really just enjoyed four straight days of doing nothing/whatever in a relaxing environment with my brothers and my mom. Drew discovered that when left unchecked, he has a serious crane game addiction. It started when he showed me what's what in Kirby's Adventure up in the hotel room, then he won 4 mini basket balls (2 MegaMan, 1 Cookie Monster and 1 Pistons) and then wound down into dispair when he spent $5 trying to win a Mickey Mouse plushy in the "It's a Winner Every Time" game. He walked away with a sucker and Tootsie Roll, but if you ask me... he was the sucker.
I was kind of disappointed... several of my favorite shops had closed down as well as the entire School Haus Mall. I still walked away with a cool pewter R2D2 key chain though. And a shit load of China Musk incense. My mom already came down today and was like "You can't burn that stuff everyday or I'll get a head ache." I don't care, it makes my room smell awesome, woman!
Hot tubs rock. My work shirt, in which I swam, is now a brownish black instead of black. Thank you chlorine. Sharing a queen with either one of my brothers is impossible. Sleeping kinda sucked. Girls dressed as German... girls... are pretty hot. Wednesday night a group of like ten retards showed up and they are WAY good at arcade machines. I saw these people walking around with buckets full of tickets. It was like Rain Man or something... I'm sure one of them walked away with the fourth season of Angel, which was priced at 8000 tickets. Me and Drew spent like $15 between the two of us on this Deal or No Deal game. It was actually kind of addictive when tickets are on the line. When it was all said and done, the three of us were arguing about who had to spend all the tickets(we racked up a modest 1400). I guess the real fun was in the winning of them. Frankenmuth Pizza: not the greatest. Frankenmuth Pizza: $40 for two larges and drinks. Frankenmuth Pizza: Gay. I guess that's why Frankenmuth is famous for their chicken and not their hotel's pizza.
What else... what else... Played a lot of Mario 3. First thing I did when I got back in town was to go up and buy Mario World. The whole time I was playing 3 I was like "I wish I could throw this shell upwards."
All in all, a great trip. Good times, good food.
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