A few months ago, I was on a car ride with a few friends. One of these friends was new to Michigan. At some point in the conversation, he asked, "How come it seems like everyone from Michigan LOVES Michigan? What's so special about Michigan?"
None of us said anything for a second. We didn't know where to begin! Suddenly, we all started in with a million thoughts at once: "have you ever heard of the Great Lakes? Have you been to Detroit? Have you ever been up north? Have you seen how beautiful all these trees are? And what about the people? And our sports? And our traditions, etc, etc, etc..." He got an earful. Most people from Michigan really do love Michigan - in spite of the negatives (winter, the Lions, and the roads).
In fact, Michigan's tourism website, michigan.org, is the most visited state website in the country for the sixth year in a row - by a lot. It beat number 2 Florida by one million hits! I am assuming, of course, that it's mostly people from Michigan using the website, so that shows how much we love our state.
You gotta admit - it's a pretty cool place. A peninsula right in the middle of the country? And bonus: it's shaped like a mitten? (I don't know why that's a bonus.)
So this post is dedicated to Michigan. Here is the cake I made for today:
The upper peninsula gave me some trouble - especially the Keewenaw Peninsula. But it's still edible, and that's what matters.
The rest of this post is pictures I have taken of the state I love. Happy birthday, Michigan!
What's your favorite thing about Michigan, Michiganders?