The next day I woke up early and got ready for my slew of meetings in Kalamazoo. We decided to start off our morning with Starbucks for breakfast because that’s cool. I didn’t want to pay for the overpriced hotel breakfast so going to Starbucks seemed like a better move because coffee and a chocolate croissant is always a good idea.
We left the hotel and started driving toward the nearest Starbucks. As someone who spent so long in Seattle, it’s hard to imagine a world without a lot of Starbucks everywhere. I remember when I first got to college, one of the fun facts was that there were 15 Starbucks coffee shops within a 1 mile radius of our campus. Well in Kalamazoo, we had to drive about 6 miles to get to the nearest Starbucks from downtown and it was located in a local grocery store.
After getting our coffee we headed out to our meetings. There’s something really interesting about doing supplier visits in other places. You slowly learn just how big industries are in certain areas, and it’s crazy because when you’re driving around, you don’t see their facilities until you look for them. My suppliers were hidden all around Kalamazoo which I’m pretty sure I would never have noticed if I hadn’t gone to visit them.
We stopped at a place called Food Dance in downtown Kalamazoo which had a lot of local eats and Michigan related trinkets. I had a delicious burger at Food Dance before heading out on our road trip to Detroit. We began our drive through the state. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting from Michigan but it was absolutely beautiful. The freeway is lined with trees as far as the eye can see. It’s by far more beautiful than I would have ever expected. The sky was so blue and the trees were so green that it was almost completely unbelievable. If you’re ever in Michigan, I highly recommend driving around Michigan and getting out of the cities. It is absolutely beautiful. I feel like if I lived there, I would appreciate it so much more because their winters are so drastically different. Almost like how people appreciate Seattle summers more than anything else because they spend all the time in gray skies and rain.
We made our way to Detroit and continued our adventure.