My grandfather (Dad's dad), who now lives in Michigan, has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is only about a 6 hour drive from where we are in Ohio and so we decided to go see him and visit my dad's side of the family (aunts, uncles, and cousins) as well. They all live in the Battle Creek (where I was born) and Hastings areas which are about 2 hours west of Detroit.
We stayed at my Uncle Brian's (dad's brother) cabin which was just north of Battle Creek. The kids had a great time with their grand aunt and uncle. My uncle took the kids on a rid out on his 40 acres of forest on the tractor. They had a ball! (thanks for letting us crash your pad Brian and Polly! we had a really good time.)
These are my childhood houses in Battle Creek. The first house was the one I was born in (Baseline Rd) and the second house is the one we moved from to the Tri-Cities (Borden Dr). I pretty much only remember them from old pictures and movies.
Here we are at my Aunt Sonja's in Wayland, MI (near Hastings) with my Grandparents and the kids with their first cousins once removed.
On the way home we ran into some serious rain. It was raining so hard that you could only see about 10 feet in front of you and even that not very well. We saw someone else pulled over under an overpass because his windshield wiper was ripped off from the force of the rain.