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Reflections on Year Three of 100 Places in the D

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The patio of #196, The Old Miami, Year Three

As 100 Places in the D celebrated its three-year anniversary on February 8 (woo-hoo!), it’s time to reflect back on the last year and how I stacked up against the goals I set for the blog.

OK, so overall, I kind of sucked at achieving the Blog Year Three goals. The Type A part of me is annoyed about that, but the fun-loving, relaxed part of me is like, “Hey, it’s OK – there’s always this year!” I’m liking the latter perspective. The journey of doing the exploring for and maintaining of the blog this year was fun, and fun is the reason I’m doing all of this. Still, I plan to better prioritize this year’s goals – which I’ll reveal here, too – for the sheer enjoyment of the challenge of pursuing them.

Getting into last year’s goals: the first one was to visit 60-75 new places. I achieved that one, visiting 66 new places (YAY!). To be honest, I didn’t remember that I’d given myself such a number range; somewhere along the line, I forgot that and fixated on my goal being 65 specifically. No matter – I hit the mark either way.

My second goal was to visit at least 25 new places in Detroit proper and to get more comfortable driving down there by making solo visits to the city at least once a month. I ended up visiting 19 places downtown – not the target number, but decent. And I was awesome about pushing myself to drive down to the D regularly for about the first third of the year; then I fell off in the spring. Whoops. I’m still easily flummoxed by the cray-cray network of roads in the downtown epicenter – I was just driving down there Monday en route to a new place and doing my usual death-grip-the-steering-wheel-and-try-not-to-hyperventilate routine – but can we all agree that it’s advanced-level driving down there? Seriously, those roads are WILD! I’m at a point where I’m at least proud that I push myself to drive downtown despite my fear of it. I love visiting Detroit, and I’m not going to let my nerves around being behind the wheel stop me.

I flat-out failed at my third goal, which was to visit one new-to-the-blog city a month. Given that I didn’t even write my Year Two reflections post and goals until March 5, nearly one month into the start of Blog Year Three, I was already setting myself up for failure on this one. Poor planning and prioritizing of this goal further exacerbated things, and a few months in, I’d already pretty much abandoned pursuing it. In the end, I only ended up visiting six new-to-the-blog cities in Year Three, those being:

Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Township

Harrison Township

Hazel Park

Oakland Township

Pontiac

To these six fine cities: you are a delight – I am happy to have gotten to know you better!

What are my goals this year? Well, for one, I’m vowing to reattempt this quest to visit an average of one new-to-the-blog city per month. The goal intrigues me, and I think with even a little bit of planning and foresight I can achieve it, because there are still quite a few Metro-Detroit cities where I haven’t visited places for the blog. I’ve compiled a list of 12 prospect towns so I can plan ahead. I visited one of them last weekend (post forthcoming!) and will be hitting another next week, so I’ve got a good start.

In terms of overall volume of visits, my goal is 71 new places (so I can hit 300 lifetime-total places visited by the end of this blog year!). That means I’ll need to visit an average of six places a month, which seems doable – but again, it will take intentional planning. My third goal to visit at least 20 places in Detroit – about two a month – which should also be easy enough to hit if I actually track it.

These goals are worth tracking, I’m realizing, because they involve stuff that is fun to me, and fun stuff is important stuff. So I’m going to make them a priority in my life, for the sheer pleasure of achieving them, because one thing I’m realizing as an adult is that finding enjoyment in every day is critical to ensuring one doesn’t become one of those shriveled up, miserable people.

It’s too easy for me to get caught up in responsibilities and to-dos and mortgage payments and with-what-money-am-I-going-to-buy-that-new-dryer scenarios? But I’ve decided I won’t not let myself stay mired in all of that stressful adulting. I’m going to continue eating dinners at former auto shops (here’s looking at you, Katoi!), taking in music at the dive-iest of dive bars (Tom’s Tavern, my love!!!!!!), and searching for the ideal coffee shop (Eos Café, you are pretty damn near perfect). ~Sigh.~ Sounds like a delight.

In case this kind of analytical numbers stuff interests you as it does me, here’s a breakdown of stats for the Year Three visits:

Number of places visited in Year Three: 66

Number of cities visited: 23

Breakdown by county: Macomb: 12; Oakland: 27; Wayne: 27

Breakdown by city:

Detroit: 19

Plymouth: 8

Royal Oak: 5

Clinton Township: 3

Pontiac: 3

Rochester: 3

Saint Clair Shores: 3

Clarkston: 2

Ferndale: 2

Madison Heights: 2

Rochester Hills: 2

Shelby Township: 2

Warren: 2

Auburn Hills: 1

Berkley: 1

Bloomfield Township: 1

Bloomfield Hills: 1

Harrison Township: 1

Hazel Park: 1

Mount Clemens: 1

Northville: 1

Oakland Township: 1

Troy: 1

And to recap, my goals for Year Four (February 8, 2017 through February 7, 2018) are:

-Visit 71 new places.

-Visit places in at least 12 new-to-the-blog cities.

-Visit at least 20 new places in Detroit.

Thanks for nerding out with me on this post and for following The 100 Places journey. Here’s to Year Four and to your own exploring this year!

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100 Places in the D’s Top Ten of Year Two

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Two James Spirits (#162)

This list is a few months overdue. Year Two of this little project ranged from February 8, 2015 through February 7 of this year, to be precise. But as a recovering perfectionist with way too many interests and way too little time, in my opinion, to pursue them, I’ve found it best to operate from a “better late than never” philosophy. Much more fun than being rigid and self-punishing! So here, just in time for spring (hopefully! How about that snow this past weekend, my locals?) are my top ten favorite visits from Year Two – listed in no particular order, because ranking them would’ve been way too hard. They are all excellent!

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Brew Detroit (#141)

Brew Detroit (#141, Detroit): I visited some awesome breweries in Year Two, but Brew Detroit was the awesome-est in my book. The fantastic beers (a lavender- and chamomile-infused saison and a blonde flavored with vanilla beans and cacao nibs) I tasted during my visit still pleasingly haunt my memory – especially since I can’t go back and get them! Brew Detroit has a philosophy that once a batch of a particular microbrew it creates is gone, that’s it – they go back to the flavor drawing board and dream up another. Love that spirit of innovation and creativity and that you never know what you’re gonna get when you go there. Also love the chill industrial vibe and the friendly bartenders of its tasting room.

Le Petit Prince (#110, Birmingham): The almond croissant – I can’t. So. F@cking. Good. Le Petit Prince is more than legit; it’s legendary.

CC Plus at the Center (#114, Mount Clemens): Friendly, accessible drop-in fitness center that hosts Zumba, toning/strength-training classes, yoga, boxing, you name it. Affordable prices for a variety of drop-in pass options. Love going there and getting my ass kicked!

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The Meeting House (#122)

The Meeting House (#122, Rochester, MI): Great food, innovative cocktails, and classy environs make this restaurant stand up to it name. The Fat Elvis French toast is very probably the best French toast I will ever have. Brunch is not f@cking around here.

The Nautical Ride (#136, Saint Clair Shores): It was a rocky start: I can’t remember another time I was more terrified on a bike (the loaner I was using was rough!). But once I got into the swing of things, I thoroughly enjoyed this (impressively) organized large-scale group ride around neighborhoods of Saint Clair Shores surrounding the Nautical Mile. Looking forward to heading out on another of its jaunts this summer.

Two James Spirits (#162, Detroit): Nondescript on the outside, gorgeous on the inside, Two James is a lovely, lovely bar and distillery that crafts its cocktails and ambiance with care. The perfect setting for some nice and easy Sunday day-drinking.

The Clean Plate (#104, Shelby Township): Excellent vegetarian/vegan café in an area that is sorely lacking such options. The Clean Plate is doing the good work.

The Heidelburg Project (#129, Detroit): Once I finally made it over to this legendary outdoor art installation on Heidelburg Street in Detroit (my first visit at 30 – how?), I was incredibly moved – by the vastness, the vivacity, the resourcefulness and inventiveness of it. Whether you’re passionate about contemporary/found art as I am – or simply love our great city and this monument to it – I have no doubt that you’ll find witnessing it to be an inspiring, thought-provoking experience.

Luxe Bar and Grill (#160, Birmingham): The standout barbeque burger and craft cocktails make the wait in the cluster of the lobby (beyond tiny!) completely worthwhile.

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Mercury Burger and Bar (#162)

Mercury Burger and Bar (#161, Detroit): Love the cute and cherry vibes of this lovely little Detroit diner/bar. The Southwest Detroit burger – PHENOMENAL. Definitely in my top-ten list of best things I have ever eaten. And poutine tater tots, people!!! How did I ever live without poutine tater tots in my world?  

Reflections on Year Two of 100 Places in the D

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Photo of #129, The Heidelburg Project, Year Two

The two-year anniversary of 100 Places in the D was February 8! I’m so excited to have sustained this project for so long and am grateful to all of you who have visited the blog and come along with me on my adventures. Whether you’re a fellow Motor-City citizen looking for cool restaurants to check out downtown or a reader located far away overseas but perhaps looking to visit the Detroit area someday (you totally should!), I hope this blog has been helpful. Perhaps it has inspired you to embark on your own 100 Places challenge, whether you live in the D or another amazing city. No more same-ol’, same-ol’ national-chain restaurants in your repertoire!

The ironic thing about right now? I’m sitting in a national-chain coffee shop as I write these words. Whoops. OK, so avoiding corporate-chain establishments 100 percent of the time is nearly impossible for many of us (Clinton Township entrepreneurs, we need a cool little independent coffee shop here!). But one thing that the 100 Places challenge engrained in me that I’m really grateful for is the habit of looking for new and local over tired and generic. The 100 Places Challenge made going out – dining, shopping, socializing – much more of an experience for me than it ever was. Going out has become an exciting adventure again, full of novelty, exploration – specialness. I go out less now than I did two years ago, in large part because I have been really trying to behave myself with my budget (Boring budget! I can’t hate you because you work!), but also because I am willing to spend more when I do go out to ensure a more special experience than when I was regularly doing the happy hour at TGI Friday’s or weekly visiting my local Buffalo Wild Wings.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with visiting such places. My love affair with B’Dubs’ chicken-tenders wrap with Spicy Garlic sauce – extra Spicy Garlic on the side to dip my chips in – will never die. But I’ve definitely noticed the personal shift since starting this project, where going out has become an event rather than something I feel I have to do because it’s a Friday or Saturday night. It’s brought more value and meaning and excitement to my everyday. And I love helping to support so many badass local businesses in the area and showcasing the D in the positive way it deserves to be showcased. It’s a win-win any way you look at it!

Because I’m one of those creative souls who also appreciates a good analytical breakdown, I wanted to do a little summary of trends I noticed in Year Two as opposed to Year One and to share my goals for Year Three.

OK, so in Year One – February 8, 2014 through February 7, 2015 – I visited 102 new-to-me places in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. I knew going into Year Two that I wasn’t going to sustain that pace. I’d achieved the 100 Places challenge, and going forward, I wanted to sustain the blog 1) Because I loved doing it and 2) To ensure that I kept visiting new places on a regular basis.  My goal for Year Two was 60 places, a pace of about five new places a month. I visited 61 – not bad!

Disappointed by my lame representation of Detroit Proper in Year One (I visited only ten places in Detroit City that first year), another goal was to visit at least 20 establishments in Detroit in Year Two. I visited 21. Yes! That equaled about a third of all of my total visits – woo-hoo! Detroit Days – extended visits to the city with friends, often exploring several new establishments per visit – were also born in Year Two. I love me a good Detroit Day! Come on, summer!

One goal for Year Two I wasn’t great at achieving? Visiting a more diverse mix of cities. Nineteen different cities were represented by the 61 establishments I visited in Year Two – not too shabby. But only four of those (Commerce Township, Mount Clemens, Southfield, and Waterford – here’s looking at you!) were cities I hadn’t previously represented on the blog. So that was pretty lame.

I am conscious of the fact that certain cities – ermh, Royal Oak, Ferndale – and areas have been represented much more than others on this blog. I don’t care if I represent Detroit ad nauseam – I’m happy to be a Detroit champion! – and continuing to go down there more and more regularly is one of my goals for Year Three. But I would like to represent a greater diversity of the surrounding suburbs in Year Three. While there are truths and patterns to my life that are hard to deny and that I’m not sure I want to deny (for instance, that I live relatively close to Royal Oak and Ferndale, that I enjoy hanging out in those cities, that my friends enjoy hanging out in those cities, and that they are ever-evolving in terms of the restaurant and bar scenes), I can’t forget that there are over a hundred cities in the tri-county area. I want to represent them better!

OK, so I don’t see myself driving all the way out to Novi or Taylor from Clinton Township on the regular. While I do love exploring, I’m not a fan of long car drives where I have to do the driving – especially during the dark, icy winter months. I am sort of a pussy of a driver when it comes to unfamiliar territory. I make myself do it, because I know that getting out of my comfort zone is important and worth it. But it’s not something that comes automatically to me. Still, I know that by being conscious about it, I can showcase at least one place located in a new-to-the-blog city a month. It’s a small goal, but I hope that by being intentional, I can represent some of the cities that are integral parts of our community that have been heretofore missing from 100 Places in the D. I aim to start tomorrow!

It is crazy, because Month 1 of Year Three is nearly over. Where has the time gone this year? We are in March, people! The Corktown 5K/Parade is next weekend (I’ll be there)! I’ve visited four places so far in Year Three – three of them in Detroit, during two solo visits where I drove myself down to the city, a major accomplishment for me given my fear of driving the cray-cray roads in that city.

OK, enough words – it’s numbers time! Here’s a breakdown of locations visited in Year Two:

Number of places visited in Year Two: 61

Number of cities visited: 19

Breakdown by county: Macomb: 7 (lame, given that it’s my home county!); Oakland: 32; Wayne: 22

Breakdown by city:

Detroit: 21

Royal Oak: 9

Ferndale: 5

Birmingham: 4

Shelby Township: 3

Madison Heights: 2

Mount Clemens: 2

Northville: 2

Rochester: 2

Waterford: 2

Auburn Hills: 1

Berkley: 1

Clinton Township: 1

Commerce Township: 1

Dearborn: 1

Oak Park: 1

Rochester Hills: 1

Southfield: 1

Saint Clair Shores: 1

And here are my Year Three goals.

Goals for Year Three (February 8, 2016 through February 7, 2017):

-Visit 60-75 new places (I’d love to hit 75, but I’d be happy with at least 60).

-Visit at least 25 new places in Detroit; drive down there myself at least once a month, rather than primarily relying on friends who don’t mind driving around down there.

-Visit at least one new-to-the-blog city a month.

Happy exploring to all of you!

100 Places in the D’s Year 1 Top 20

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Public House (#47)

Yeah, I’m in a bit of a review mode right now. I like the process of tying a bow around a major project. And, to be honest, I need a reminder of which places were my absolute favorites this year now that I’m allowing myself to ease up a bit on this project and to fold some revisits back into my life. I’ve been in such a do-new, tunnel-vision state for the past year that I’ve forgotten the pleasure of having tried-and-true places you look forward to going again and again (well, almost. My one exception, El Charro in Fraser, wouldn’t let me forget it; that’s the one restaurant I’ve visited multiple times in the past year, because it is such an absolute favorite of myself, my family, and friends that it wouldn’t be denied. The allure of its Chef’s Choice combination is just too strong. I actually went there yesterday and got it!)

Working to narrow this list down was much harder than I thought it would be. I visited a lot of great places this year, many more than 20. But some places obviously stood out more than others, and I thought they should be recognized. So here is my list, in no particular order, of 20 of my most memorable favorites from Year 1 of my 100 Places challenge.

-Public House (#47, Ferndale): Those sliders were frickin’ amazing! Great vibe, great food, love the record player playing actual records, and love those boozy milkshakes. I can’t wait to get back here.

-M-Brew (#76, Ferndale): Another Ferndale bar that’s right up my alley, with excellent Michigan craft beers and those vintage ‘80s arcade games that catapult me back to early childhood.

-The Bird and the Bread (#83, Birmingham): Great food, drinks, and ambiance. What more do you need?

-Cellar 59 (#1, Clinton Township): The first placed I visited to kick off the 100 Places challenge, it’s still one of my favorites. It was so intimate and cozy feeling – though I definitely need no excuse to love an establishment that serves good wine.

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One-Eyed Betty’s (#19)

-Green Dot Stables (#5, Detroit): Drinks at affordable prices, more slider-amazing-ness, and a setting that is charmingly, wonderfully Detroit.

-One-Eyed Betty’s: (#19, Ferndale) I still fantasize about the garlic aioli on its Betty bacon cheeseburger on a regular basis. Need to get back there ASAP, as I’ve also heard about their freshly-fried donuts with chocolate sauce, which at this point have become near mythical in my mind.

-George George Memorial Park (#36, Clinton Township): It’s possible my yearnings for warmer weather are building this place up in my head, but man, it’s so soothingly gorgeous! I bet it’s even gorgeous now in winter.

-Goldfish Tea (#59, Royal Oak): This is the perfect place to curl up and have a cup of tea and a chat with a friend, or to study if you’re in school. In fact, the last time I was there, I found myself envious of the college girls sitting across from me, wishing I had an excuse to visit it more often.

-La Saj (#46, Sterling Heights): I’ve only been here once more since first visiting it in August, but in my mind I’ve already visited hundreds of time. A must-try if you love Mediterranean food.

-Bad Brad’s Barbeque (#50, New Baltimore): Pretty damn good barbeque, and I’ve had some damn good barbeque in my day.

-Love and Buttercream (#7, Royal Oak): Such a cheery and charming bakery. And those macaroons!

-Oakland Art Novelty Company (#43, Ferndale): Visiting is like stepping into the most pleasant of time warps and being handed a carefully crafted, delicious cocktail upon arrival.

-Inn Season (#98, Royal Oak): Scrumptious vegetarian dishes that even meat-eaters (like me) will love.

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Motor City Brewing Works (#31)

-Motor City Brewing Works (#31, Detroit): In my mind, I’m already pleasantly sweating my butt off on its gorgeous rooftop patio.

-Vinotecca (#24, Royal Oak): I told you I love wine. Fabulous happy-hour specials here, including some really good small plates.

-Blake’s Ciderhouse and Winery (#53, Armada): Its hard cider is really great. Like, obsessively great.

-El Guanaco (#38, Troy): As my brother would say, those Salvadorian pupusas are chronic! I’m definitely planning to go back here.

-J. Baldwin’s (#17, Clinton Township): Another great place for happy hour. Loved those delicious martinis in their little iced glasses!

-Clubhouse BFD (#16, Rochester Hills): An impressively in-depth beer selection and the holy grail of all fried-potato creations, The Sweet Potato Tot, reside here.

-Town Tavern (#37, Royal Oak): One of those places that has so much amazing-sounding stuff on its menu that you can’t decide what to get – but then, whatever you do pick is amazing, so does it really matter what you pick?

Reflections on Hitting 100

When I started this little challenge last February, I honestly thought it would be hard. Visit 100 places in the Metro-Detroit area – that I’ve never been to before – that are Michigan-owned-and-operated establishments? How many places are there really around here that aren’t national chains and that I’ve never been to?

A LOT, it turns about. I’ve barely scratched the surface.

One of the main reasons I decided to embark on this little quest was because I was sick of seeing local places that looked really cool, saying I was going to go to them, and then never doing it. Instead, I became a collector of somedays and maybes, compiling pages ripped out of Hour Detroit and The Detroit Free Press in a binder full of things I wanted to check out and places I wanted to try. The 100 Places challenge was a way to finally push myself to see some of the intriguing local businesses featured in those pages.

I pulled the binder out and went through those pages last week, excitedly assuming that I must’ve visited most of the places in there in this past year. How wrong I was! Check out the photos below and see how many from that little compilation I actually got to.

Framed in a certain light, the blog can definitely feel like a failure. It’s named 100 Places in the D, and only ten of the places I visited were located in Detroit? My goal was to hit at least 20 in the city proper. And while I did visit 33 different cities while visiting these 100 places, when you think about it, that’s not a lot, considering that there are about three times that amount of towns located in the tri-county area. Plus, a whopping 30 of the places I visited were in Ferndale and Royal Oak alone (sorry, I like it there!). I guess what I’m saying is, I could have done better. I could’ve went even bolder and bigger, been more strategic, more adventurous. But at the end of the day, I still I accomplished what I set out to do, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I visited 100 local restaurants, bars, boutiques, parks, tea shops, bakeries, bookstores, and venues that I had never been to before – and supported local business owners while I did it. How cool is that?

I encourage you, wherever you live, to give the 100 places challenge a try. Modify the parameters as you see fit – visit 50 places instead of a hundred, or focus on one local county – or five, whatever you want. I think as long as you’re focusing on trying new places that you’ve never been and that are locally based and, therefore, more directly supporting your state’s economy than some national chain, that’s the essence of it. I myself plan to continue this blog and aim to visit at least five new places a month for the rest of this year – so at least 60 total. I aim to visit a more diverse mix of cities and to hit more places in Detroit City; I’ll aim for the 20-mark again there.

In case you’re curious, here are some geographical breakdowns of where I went.

Breakdown by county:

Oakland County – 54

Macomb County – 27

Wayne County – 19

Breakdown by city:

Ferndale – 16

Royal Oak – 14

Detroit – 10

Clinton Township – 8

Birmingham – 4

Shelby Township – 4

Clarkston – 3

Grosse Pointe Farms – 3

Northville – 3

Rochester – 3

Saint Clair Shores – 3

Troy – 3

Berkley – 2

Eastpointe – 2

Grosse Pointe – 2

Macomb – 2

Plymouth – 2

Sterling Heights – 2

Armada – 1

Auburn Hills – 1

Clawson – 1

Dearborn – 1

Fraser – 1

Lenox – 1

Madison Heights – 1

New Baltimore – 1

Oak Park – 1

Pleasant Ridge – 1

Rochester Hills – 1

Roseville – 1

Warren – 1

Westland – 1

And here are the pictures of all the complied pages showcasing places I ended up going to, with what number visited they were written on them:

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And here are all the pages representing places I haven’t visited yet:

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100 Places Halfway Mark / Six Month Overview!

Yesterday I realized I was exactly at the halfway mark with this 100 Places quest (started on February 8). Forty-five places down, fifty-five to go – not too off the mark!

Some stats about the journey so far:

*Forty-five places visited in sixteen cities

*Places visited broken down by county:

-Macomb: 14

-Oakland: 24

-Wayne: 7

*Top three most frequently-visited places (in order): 1. Ferndale 2. Royal Oak 3. Clinton Township.

These stats aren’t entirely surprising. I enjoy Ferndale and Royal Oak, and my current office job in Troy is relatively close to them, so it’s been easy to frequent them. And I live in Clinton Township, where there were somehow quite a few local places that I had never tried prior to starting this challenge.

Going forward, I would like there to be much more diversity in location, and I’d like to travel farther out from where I live to give a broader representation of the Metro-Detroit area. One thing that will definitely help this are career changes I’ll be making very soon. I have gotten a new office job – and will no longer have to work two jobs/seven days a week anymore – yay!!!

The thought of having two days off a week – instead of my current about two days off a month – is blowing my mind. I will have time to do weekend day trips! I will be able to go to farther-flung locations! In general, I will have time to have a life!

Additionally, I will now be working in Dearborn, which is much closer to Detroit, and for me, a whole new area onto itself. I’m hoping working close to Detroit will mean many more trips there in the next six months. I’ve only visited four new places there in the previous six months – pretty lame, especially given the title of this blog! This has a lot to do not only with a lack of free time but, admittedly, with my fear of driving and parking around the city. It’s so crazy, with all it’s wheel-spoke one-ways and unexpected road closures and parking garages that you thought you were going to park in being randomly full. I feel like I’m pretty much always thrown for a loop when I drive down there, and I hate it! But there are a lot of cool places down there that I want to check out, so I’ll have to just plunge in and take it one destination at a time.

Here are some of my goals for the next six months:

*Total cities visited to increase from 16 to at least 35

*Increase places visited in Detroit from 4 to at least 20

*Increase diversity/geological spread of places visited: at least five places visited in Washtenaw County, and a more balanced distribution among Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland Counties

My goals are pretty modest. If there is one thing I’ve realized since starting this project, it is that Metro-Detroit is pretty huge! And there really are a lot of cool local restaurants and stores and parks/attractions in this area. It would take years to properly explore it – which is a good thing, because it means that we all have no reason to get bored.

What I’ve also realized is that the important thing here is really the act of exploration itself. Trying new things is exciting. It’s been great to go to all of these new places – many of which I’ve known about and wanted to try for years – and to realize which ones I really like and which ones I probably won’t feel a need to visit again. I feel like I’ll have a much better knowledge of the area after completing this challenge and will be better able to recommend restaurants and bars, etc. to my family and friends.

I hope you are enjoying the summer and trying new places, too. Happy exploring!