Yesterday we drove from Grand Rapids (west Michigan) to the Detroit area (east Michigan) to witness a couple of my good childhood friends getting married to each other. That was an awesome event. I'm so happy for both of them! But, that's not the point of this post, ha. Following an awesome reception full of celebration, we drove through the middle of the night to Mt. Pleasant (mid-Michigan)...
This morning we woke up and were invited to a Farmer's Breakfast. Always a huge fan of breakfast, especially a farmer's breakfast because that's always the BIGGEST portion of breakfast food at any diner, we were like, "Alright! Let's do it."
Little did we know that it LITERALLY was a FARMER'S breakfast -- in the middle of nowhere, on a farm. After choking over the smell of warm, fresh cow turds that hit you as soon as you stepped foot out of the car, we were blown away. Thousands of people drove out to the middle of the country for it. Here, I was thinking it was just some diner's breakfast special, but it turned out to be this enormous celebration of Michigan's farmers and fresh, locally grown foods.
After a hayride shuttle in from the parking field, the morning's events included:
...a farm breakfast in a barn, stations learning about different local agricultural lessons from maple syrup to soy beans, and cows. Lots and lots of cows!...
...We even were able to see a new born calf just minutes after it was born! Its umbilical cord was still out and momma cow was still licking all of the slime from its newborn's body.
This poor wide-eyed calf's knees were shaking as it slowly stumbled around as it was taking its first steps. I can't imagine what it was thinking after falling out into this new world surrounded by odd, two-legged animals all around its pen.
To say the least, it was a very interesting morning! That's the great part about living in Michigan, you're only a hour or two from city life, to lake fronts, and to the middle of farmville.