Not last weekend but the weekend before (Omg, has it really taken me that long to post this?) Adam and I ventured off to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Adam’s youngest brother Ben plays hockey for The University of Michigan and since it’s his last year, we made sure to pay him a visit. We chose this particular weekend because they held a huge outdoor hockey game on their football field called “The Big Chill” on 12.11.10.
We left pretty late on Thursday night for our drive to Seattle and hung out at the SeaTac airport until our 4 am check in time. Really tests your relationship when you have to pull an all nighter. Especially when one person is a nervous flier and very fragile before, during, and after flights (who? ME?) …not to worry though. I have no break ups to report 😉
After the longest day of travelling ever we woke up on Saturday morning refreshed and well rested. We ventured into town with Adam’s dad for a morning Starbucks and a mini Ann Arbor tour. On our way, we saw people already parked and tailgating before the game…at 9 AM!!!! They were drinking and eating barbequed food before I’d even had my breakfast! The entire town was buzzing about The Big Chill. Everyone was wearing Michigan gear and someone put Big Chill ice sculptures along their main street. Definite go big or go home policy there.
A few people on Twitter were wondering what I was wearing to the Michigan game because I had such a tough time packing for the cold. I ended up wearing a Michigan toque c/o of Ben, white long sleeve, Michigan tee purchased at the M Den, chunky Kensie sweater, black leggings, jeans, Michigan scarf, wool socks, Adam’s mom’s Sorel boots, leather gloves, and a long winter coat. My layers kept me warm enough, but by the 3rd period we all had to purchase hot chocolates for extra warmth. I honestly LOVE dressing up in a theme. This is why I’m such a sucker for Halloween, themed parties, sporting events, etc.
The Wolverines won 5-0 and The Big Chill broke the Guiness World Record for most people at a hockey game. Ben even got an assist for the first goal!
We went for a celebratory Italian dinner that night and shared bruschetta and a ton of laughs. I get along really well with Ben’s girlfriend, Anya, and am so happy we got to meet her! Such blast hanging out with some of Adam’s family and they spoiled us all weekend paying for things, driving us around, making reservations, etc. I still can’t believe we were a part of a world record, it was truly an amazing hockey game!
It was a short trip, only 2 full days in Michigan, but I had sooo much fun. The second part of my Michigan trip will be posted on another website that I am guest blogging for. It includes our tour of the University of Michigan campus in a snow storm aka beautiful photos. More info on the exciting guest blogging series to come in the new year!