Bay City, Bay-bay

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Jessi and Jared, our guests of the week!

Last weekend, Brad's younger sister, Jessi, and her husband, Jared, drove up from Virginia for their first visit since we moved to Michigan. Jessi and Jared got married last year (shortly after Brad and me), so we're all kind of in that transition phase of young-singles-turned-old-married-people right now. I still can't get over how fast we've all grown up and how we're suddenly in charge of our own lives--but it's nice being able to share aspects of that journey with people who happen to be in the same boat.

On Saturday, we decided to spend the day shopping and gallivanting around Bay City, a place none of us had been to before. We started the afternoon with lunch at Wanigan's, a popular sandwich shop with awesome food and lines out the door. It must have taken a half an hour to get our orders, but the yum factor was well worth the wait.

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Wanigan: "a floating kitchen with supplies and a picnic table to give lumberjacks a place to eat"
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The menu was handwritten on chalkboards that stretched across two walls.
A bit overwhelming for indecisive people like myself, but fun nonetheless.
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My sandwich: "Adam and Eve on a Raft" (Turkey, thuringer, muenster, cheddar, spinach, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, Greek dressing, and deliciousness on a French roll. Mmmm.)
With full bellies and a summer-like day waiting for us, we waddled drove to Saginaw Bay for a walk in the sand and water. The recreational area was a little flooded from all the storms that came through the day before, but the warm air and bright skies distracted from all of that. We made our way down to the beach, pulled off our shoes and rolled up our jeans, and let our toes sink into the spongy beach shore.

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That way. Go that way.
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Brad and Jessi, water-walkin'. Like brother, like sister.
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Beach jumping. Well, beach jumping and Hulk-impersonating, whatever you wanna call it.
Next up was shopping, and back to the city. We found Bay City Antiques Center (a treasure of a store that's basically an entire block long), Espresso Express (a coffee shop decorated from floor to ceiling with posters and records), and St. Laurent Brothers (a candy and nut shop where we bought various chocolate-covered things). 'Twas a delightful early evening.

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Bay City Antiques: Printing blocks, violins, and kitchenware . . .
. . . I'm thinking of doing more home decor shopping in places like this.

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Espresso Express: That's the wall. And the ceiling. Not exaggerating a bit when I say they were completely covered.
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St. Laurent Brothers: Mmmm. But I couldn't spend $15 bucks on some Hershey-covered Lay's.
I got a white chocolate bunny pop instead.
Now that spring (or summer, as it actually seems) is here, I'm really excited to go on more weekend ventures again. Do you guys have upcoming plans yet, or have you already started your spring vacations--in Michigan or elsewhere? Let me know! I am likely to steal the best ideas, but promise to give credit where it is due. :)

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