MI trips

Get it!?!?!  Ok, I realize that’s terrible but it was my way of saying I went to Michigan but then incorporating Florida because I can’t think of a reason to write about these trips separately.  They were work trips and I did try my best to see and do something different and local but they were kinda tricky trips, each for their own reasons.

Spring in Grand Rapids

Spring in Grand Rapids 

Michigan was a quick trip, I flew into Grand Rapids and really only got to see the city the next morning on my run and in search of good coffee.  The first coffee shop I went into, Madcap, was just too hipster, even for me. I just wanted something simple and I felt overwhelmed. I ended up in West Coast Coffee (it just spoke to me), I had their signature drink, The Fuzzy Bear (note: the barista may have resembled the drink which was a great sales tool).  Honestly, I loved it, it was sweet but had the kick I needed.  I popped next door to the Grand Central Market for some snacks for the road and really wished I had more time in this cute little town!

Morning Run in GR

Morning Run in GR

I headed out with coffee in hand and drove for a few hours into Central Michigan for dinner with a customer.  It was the greenest drive I’ve been on in a long time. Coming from a California drought it was a lovely change.

Why is everything a castle here?

Why is everything a castle here?

Then I did a quick trip (read: suitcase change) to San Diego and headed back east to Orlando for our annual trade show.  This trip was insanity as they always are and I have to say I hated that it was in Orlando.  It was just so hot and humid it made running so miserable and moving between buildings by foot impossible (unless you wanted to be soaked in sweat for your next meeting).

Skillz

Skillz

We did find a local restaurant there that I loved! Cafe TuTu Tango – the food was great, the art on the wall was fun and local, there was an artist working while we were there.  And there was an amazing hula hoop dancer!!!!  I think there’s live music too but we moved on to the Ice Bar (chain, fun but more because of the company than the venue) before it started.  We hosted a happy hour there and I couldn’t have been more pleased with our service.

Yes, those are individual hula hoops!

Yes, those are individual hula hoops!

The rest of the trip was a blur and not worth writing about, home now to recharge for a week before heading back to New England. June is just full of adventures and I can’t wait to share!

~ happily,

kim

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