We travelled up to Saginaw and Bay City in April for the wedding reception of one of Dave’s co-workers, Matt, and his new wife AJ. (They were actually married the previous week in a small family ceremony elsewhere.)
We managed to do a little sight-seeing around the area the next day, although snow and a little hail tried to convince us it was not a good idea.
Yes, that bald eagle is holding oil pipelines. And yes, it was at a gas station.
We kept driving north, expecting it would be really easy to get up to Saginaw Bay to see the lake. It was not. We kept running into this power plant, which sits right on the bay at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Finally we found a small state park to do a little walking in. The area was quite flooded.
Then we went into town to get some food before heading back south. We found a place to have a sandwich, then found a coffee shop on Yelp with a five-star rating; that’s pretty rare so we had to check it out!
Populace coffee looked promising. Before we ordered our drinks, we learned that they roast their own coffee, make their own flavor syrups (only a few), and use high quality milk.
Next surprise: very low price. We felt that if this place was in a big city the drinks would be easily twice as much. Dave’s and my coffees came to under $4.50. If any of you has ever been to Intelligentsia (I sometimes stop in when I’m in Chicago, as a treat), you know that’s a steal.
The three of us got an espresso, a macchiato, and a cappuccino, all together a good sampling. As Yaman our Italian Friend said, espresso you can drink without any sugar is well done! For a couple weeks afterward we were joking about driving up to Bay City to get good coffee.