Although we'd driven through it several times we hadn't properly seen Traverse City, the city, and that's what we made our main goal for Tuesday. While it may not be a very large city, it's still got a respectable-looking downtown with the desperate need for parking garages which brought us to one that had a mere four levels, but identified them with not just numbers and colors but also seasons of the year, which was cute. The parking deck was named in honor of ... I forget just who, but someone who'd been beloved in and employed by the city for decades, so there was a little bust of him just outside the elevator, and a hanging display of car hoods painted up because that's what the city is like.( Collapse )
When we went home --- hoping that the tent would be warm enough --- we discovered on a light bulb outside our door a stick insect, standing on top of it like a giant insect bestriding the globe (at least, the globe of Mars, based on the color). It'd be back the next night, but the night after had moved to the next room's door.
Trivia: The Sears Catalogue listed covered wagons for sale at least as late as 1924. Source: The Grand Emporiums: The Illustrated History Of America's Great Department Stores, Robert Hendrickson.
Currently Reading: Hitler's Secret War In South America, 1939 - 1945, Stanley E Hilton.
PS: From ElKement: May The Force Field Be With You, pointing to a fine set of articles about quantum field theory that you don't have to know mathematics to read.