11 things you’ll get addicted to in Michigan

Wading shin-deep in the Great Lakes searching for Petoskey stones.

Michigan’s official rocks are discreet, gray things and disguise themselves as nothing impressive. But once they’ve been polished, or even just wetted down by the lake, they show off their lovely, fossilized-coral designs.

The Michigan U-Turn.

Also know as the Michigan Left. Sure it isn’t always convenient. Yes, it may add a couple extra minutes onto your drive. And sometimes trying to zip between cars to pull into the far lane in order to take the “left” (now right) turn is a form of gambling with your life, but nothing is more excited that riding along with an out-of-stater who doesn’t know how to make the turn. I have fond (terrifying) memories of a certain college friend from Illinois who first tried to turn left where she couldn’t. Then missed the U-turn where she should have turned, and tried to turn in the other lane’s U-turn lane.

Michigan’s official card game – Euchre.

My great-grandma lived to be 98 and I think the two reasons for her long life were strong, gritty coffee and her love for euchre. My friend’s family plays euchre for the entirety of every family get-together. They are allotted a quick, 30-minute break when food is on the table, but as soon as everyone is done eating, the dishes are swept away to make way for the cards again.

Aggressively scrapping ice off windshields.

This turns into an enormous source of stress for those of us who are habitually late or when a storm unexpectedly turns nasty. While scratching a thick layer of ice off the windshield is cold and annoying, it is also cathartic. Take some of that stress out on the ice and work up a sweat.

Freshwater beaches.

I hear you, California. You say beaches need oceans. Well, our water isn’t salty, but we have beaches all the same – and we don’t have to worry about sharks or jellyfish.

Warm comfort food when a snowstorm rages outside.

Is there anything cozier that Grandpa’s White Chicken Chili?

Fall time means apple EVERYTHING.

With Michigan’s abundance of apple orchards, an autumn trip to an apple orchard is a necessity for fresh apple cider and a cider donut or twelve.

Walleye, perch, and all kinds of freshwater fish.

We prefer it battered in a craft Michigan brew and then fried.

Bemoaning the fate of the Lions.

Has a single family get-together happened without someone bringing up the Lions? It doesn’t even matter if they’ve recently won a game – they’re nearly always seen as hopeless. Michiganders are the most loyal fans because it is commonly known and loudly professed that hell will freeze over before the Lions win the Super Bowl.

Referring to pop as pop.

Don’t even try to compromise and call it “soda pop.” It’s more fun to say “pop.” Try it. Pop, pop, pop!

Fresh produce bought along the road.

Browsing among mountains of blueberries and cherries at a Saturday morning farmer’s market is charming, but even better are the roadside produce stands. “Sweet corn 1 mile ahead”. Yes please!

1. Melatonin won’t solve every sleep problem

Melatonin is a hormone naturally released by our brains to help us fall asleep. Melatonin supplements can be helpful when that release doesn’t happen at the desired time—jet lag is an obvious example.

Carl Cummings, a paediatrician in Montreal who wrote a paper for the Canadian Paediatric Society entitled “Melatonin for the management of sleep disorders in children and adolescents,” explains that melatonin could be helpful in kids who have chronic insomnia because of a problem with “sleep initiation,” which means the child is going to bed at an appropriate time, but it is taking longer than 30 minutes for him to fall asleep. Often, this issue can be solved with good bedtime routines and parents consistently setting appropriate limits around sleep. But in some cases, these strategies won’t work, which is where melatonin comes in.

What makes melatonin so compelling is that it will help most kids fall asleep. The problem is, it won’t help a kid who is procrastinating bedtime learn good sleep habits, it won’t stop your daughter from waking up with nightmares, it won’t fix your baby’s colic, and it probably won’t stop your kid from hopping out of bed ready to start the day at 4:30 a.m. If you want a real solution to those common kids’ sleep problems, you’ll have to look further than a pill.

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Winter Travel Essentials

From guarding against horrifyingly dry air to what to carry all your stuff around in, here are a few of our travel essentials for your next cold-weather vacation.

  • Winter Sports Gear: Between the two of us, Jeremy snowboards a few times a year and I’ve been snowshoeing exactly 3 times and taken 1 ski lesson. So we’re not like, extreme athletes or anything. But if you’re planning to try a few winter sports on your trip, bringing a few things can easily be packed in your suitcase will save you cash on rentals. Jeremy recommends these goggles and these gloves. If the snow is hard enough, these travel-friendly crampons that go over your regular hiking boots are all you need for snowshoeing. For clothing – which is also perfect for snowshoeing or other outdoor sporting adventures – he wears his hiking pants over his wool under-layer, with waterproof rain pants on over top if he anticipates a lot of snow contact. On top, he layers a wool long sleeve shirt with his rain jacket, plus his packable down jacket when he needs an extra warm layer. Here are the femme equivalents of all of those items: rain pants, hiking pants, wool leggings,wool shirt,rain jacket,packable down jacket.
  • Chapstick & Moisturizer: The air in winter is dry as a bone. You’d think like, snow might help, but no. Spend a few days adventuring in the winter and you’re gonna end up with chapped lips and thirsty, parched skin! So I highly recommend carrying some good quality chapstick with you during your trip. I also recommend using a heavy moisturizer on your face every night, plus something you can use for chapped skin elsewhere, like your elbows, feet, and hands. I’m obsessed with this Burt’s Bees salve, Jeremy and I slather it on ourselves religiously during the winter.
  • Travel Insurance: At this point in our lives, we never travel anywhere without travel insurance. We’re way too accident-prone to risk it! We’ve filed several claims with World Nomads, so at this point, our insurance policies have all paid for themselves. Not sure if that’s like, a good thing, or just a sign that we should probably lock ourselves indoors and barricade the room with pillows…
  • Bra Pocket or Money Belt: So, confession: I can’t stand purses. It’s not just because they’re easily snatched and stolen. They’re also just a giant hassle. From leaving them behind to aching shoulders to getting tangled up in coat sleeves, purses and I just do not get along. But putting your money in your pocket in an easy-to-snatch wallet is a terrible idea, so my travel solution is a handy little Bra Pocket. It snaps onto my bra and hangs out inconspicuously between the girls, ready the moment I need to take out a card. Nothing got lost or stolen, especially since it’s buried underneath 18 layers of scarves and sweaters. I highly recommend one. I’ll never go back to purses & wallets! As for dudes or anyone else living that bra-free life, Jeremy wears a money belt.

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