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Back at the Ford Museum we had plenty of choices for lunch at the Michigan Café. Having lunch at this café does not require a ticket to the museum. All in the group decided not to tackle the 12 acres of the Ford Museum in the remaining afternoon and instead walked to the other side of the parking lot to the Automotive Hall of Fame. Very surprisingly, we were given admission for 50% off the regular $8 price because we had been to the unaffiliated River Rouge plant tour. Many of the originators of the automobile age are recognized there including many CEOs and presidents of automobile manufacturing companies. But there were a few who contributed much, including Bendix and Spicer. And for those who read AutoWeek, the inclusion of Denise McCluggage should be no surprise.
We returned to the Greenfield Inn in time for everyone to choose from various activities, including swimming laps or just relaxing poolside, basking in the hot tub and/or dry sauna, napping, answering work emails, or finding a seat on one of the soft leather couches in the Pub. Dinner was again enjoyed at the hotel, this time in the recreated "library" of the restaurant.
For the return trip, an agreeable conductor opened a coach to allow the ten of us to sit as a group. More food (bean dip, more cheese, sausage and crackers, snickerdoodles, and chocolate chip cookies) minimized trips to the café car. We arrived back at Union Station only a half-hour late, just enough that several of us ‘just had to wait’ in one of the rail stations’ bars for the next train home. This was an easy trip to make and worth the experience, especially coupled with the companionship of Chicagoland MG Club members.
~~Ann & Jake Snyder