Michigan Driving: Freeland to Traverse City (US-10, M-115, US-131)
I drive from the vicinity of Freeland to the Traverse City area. The roads traveled include US-10, M-115, US-131, Fife Lake Road, and Supply Road.
The speed of the main segment of this video is 15x normal speed.
Please excuse the bad camera angle and dirty windshield; I should have taken more time to correct these things before the trip. My camera does not have a viewfinder or LCD screen, so it is hard to orient it properly, unless I guess and check with my computer and taking test shots. I recorded the return journey and corrected these things, but that had a problem with the dashboard reflecting in the windshield...can't seem to get it all right!
I plan to re-shoot this trip next time I go up, but I decided to upload this video anyway because I personally found it enjoyable and hope you will find it worth watching too.
Drive From Michigan To Toronto, Canada - Michigan Drive
Music from Free Music Archive. Forgot what tracks are included in this video.
2016 fall color - Michigan M55 cross Manistee National Forest
Mid October fall color driving through Manistee National Forest. It was raining.
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest - Hotel Overview
Overlooking Ford Lake and nestled among 135 acres of championship golf, this premier Ann Arbor, Michigan hotel offers a tranquil, park setting and resort-style amenities. Newly renovated in 2016, the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Resort is perfect for both business and leisure travelers. The Marriott Hotel is located near the University of Michigan’s “Big House” football stadium and both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Travelers will also enjoy the area’s thriving restaurant scene, historic and cultural sites, museums and art attractions. A perfect place to unwind, offering 243 guest rooms and suites, an indulgent concierge lounge, state of the art fitness facility and an on-site golf course. More than 40,000 square feet of well-appointed and flexible meeting space provides an unmatched backdrop for special occasions, business meetings and conferences of all sizes.
Off I-94, this conference hotel is 7.8 miles from the Yankee Air Museum and 10.5 miles from the University of Michigan.
Laid-back rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens with cable TV. Upgrades add lake views. Suites tack on wet bars, dining/sitting areas and separate bedrooms. Club rooms offer access to a lounge with breakfast and snacks included.
There are 3 restaurants with American cuisine, and a bar and lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee. Other amenities include an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub, an exercise room, an outdoor tennis court and an 18-hole golf course. Conference space includes 16 meeting rooms.
Address: 1275 S Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
Phone: +1 734-487-2000
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DETROIT: AMERICAN MOTORS ABANDONED HQ - URBAN EXPLORING THE HISTORY
American Motors Abandoned Headquarters on 12250 Plymouth Street in Detroit is a classic abandoned Detroit landmark not unlike Packard Motors, Fisher Body and so many others. It is ideal for urban exploring since access is quite easy. Notwithstanding that trespassers hear voices in the abandoned building and that people are actually living there I took the plunge to nibble around the edges of the building and to actually go inside to have a look. Now mind you I did not go deep. That would be too nerve wracking as the many dark corridors and nooks and crannies make the mind play tricks and there is a perceived threat around every corner. It would be fun to go in as a group but by yourself – not so much.
American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an American automobile company formed by the 1954 merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motor Car Company. At the time, it was the largest corporate merger in U.S. history.
AMC went on to compete with the US Big Three—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler—with its small cars including the Rambler American, Hornet, Gremlin and Pacer; muscle cars including the Marlin, AMX and Javelin; and early four-wheel-drive variants of the Eagle, U.S. first true crossover.
The company was known as a small company deft enough to exploit special market segments left untended by the giants, and was widely known for the design work of chief stylist, Dick Teague, who had to make do with a much tighter budget than his counterparts at Detroit's Big Three but had a knack for making the most of his employer's investment.
After periods of intermittent but unsustained success, Renault acquired a major interest in AMC in 1979—and the company was ultimately acquired by Chrysler. At its 1987 demise, The New York Times said AMC was never a company with the power or the cost structure to compete confidently at home or abroad.
The 1954 merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motor Car Company, and the creation of American Motors, was led by George W. Mason to reap benefits from the strengths of the two firms to battle the much larger Big Three automakers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler).
Within a year, George W. Romney, future governor of Michigan, took over, reorganizing the company and focusing AMC's future on a new small car line. By the end of 1957 the legacy Nash and Hudson brands were completely phased out. The company struggled at first, but Rambler sales took off. A Rambler won the 1959 Mobil Economy Run and by 1960, was the third most popular brand of automobile in the United States, behind Ford and Chevrolet. After two model years (1963 and 1964) of only producing compact cars, AMC focused back to larger and more profitable cars like the Ambassador line from the perceived negative of the Rambler's economy car image. In the face of deteriorating financial and market positions, Roy D. Chapin, Jr., took charge to revitalize the company, and designer Richard A. Teague economized by developing several vehicles from common stampings. While prices and costs were cut, new and more sporty automobiles were introduced, and from 1968 AMC became known for the Javelin and AMX muscle cars.
AMC purchased Kaiser's Jeep utility vehicle operations in 1970 to complement its existing passenger car business. Beginning in the early 1970s, the company moved towards all-new compact car designs based on the Hornet, including the Hornet itself and the Gremlin. Other new models in the 1970s included the Matador and Pacer. Sagging sales and tight finances resulted in the elimination of the Matador line in the 1979 model year and the Pacer line in 1980, leaving AMC to focus almost exclusively on its Hornet platform based cars and the Jeep line.
And her is a short version of the essentials. Originally built in 1927 for appliance maker Kelvinator, the Plymouth Road facility became the headquarters for Nash following its merger with Kelvinator in 1937 and remained headquarters for Nash successor American Motors until 1975, when the company moved its headquarters to the American Center in Southfield, Michigan. Following the move, the Plymouth Road facility became the Jeep engineering offices, and it continued to accommodate Jeep and Dodge truck engineering after the 1987 purchase of AMC by Chrysler.
Chrysler, in turn, held on to the 54-acre property until its 2009 bankruptcy, when it was transferred to Old CarCo, a company tasked with selling surplus Chrysler properties. A local man, Terry Williams, bought the property for $2.3 million with plans to turn it into a home for autistic children, but later admitted to gutting it for scrap and went to jail for Clean Air Act violations related to the gutting of the building. The county then foreclosed on Williams in 2015 and put the former headquarters up for sale looking to reclaim the back taxes on it, but after having to void the sale instead transferred the property to the land bank.
Jackson's Cell Block 7 Prison Museum Commercial
Visit the Cell Block 7 Prison Museum by Ella Sharp Museum on the grounds of the active Michigan State Prison for a self-guided tour. Roam inside the former cell block, discovering how guards and prisoners shaped Jackson's history.
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Real Life Griswold Route 66 Road Trip Cadillac Ranch
The Real Life Griswold's Road Trip Across America #2
We head from Pop's Soda Stand on Route 66 on our last episode to Amarillo Texas to express our creative side at the Cadillac Ranch. Yes you get to spray paint Cadillacs. We also met up with our friends from ICN and CCTV to help with their Explore America Route 66 Television series.
French Country Retreat in Leesburg, Virginia
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Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this French Country Retreat was built by Paul Reimers Construction. No detail was spared on this 8,168 square foot estate with elegant finishes that include Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, extensive use of custom built-ins, moldings and stone. This estate sits on a professionally landscaped 3.69 acre lot located in the prestigious Beacon Hill Community.
Property ID: RHP375