Written by: Amy Marrison
Not a weekend or even a day has gone by when I haven’t had something to do. And I am definitely living in “small town USA.” Midland, MI – where Dow is headquartered – has a population of about 42,000 people yet there is never a dull moment. While I haven’t stayed in Midland for everything I’ve done, that’s the perk of Midland, it’s in MID Michigan…5 hours from Columbus, 5 hours from Chicago, 3 hours from Canada and 3-5 hours from some beautiful places in Northern Michigan, yes this would be the Pure Michigan all Ohioans hear about.
Outlets and the Pool. So for weekend #1 of my Dow summer, I did the typical thing and went to the pool for the day and hung out with the Buckeye interns who are also in Midland for the evening. And on Sunday, I went to the outlets. Birch Run outlets are about 1/2 an hour away and if anyone in Ohio is familiar with the Jeffersonville Outlet Mall, picture that with 3 more parking lots of it. Let’s just say a productive and tiring day of shopping.
A 15 minute drive down Route 10 and you end up in Bay City, Michigan. Home of the River Roar! This past weekend I made 2 trips to bay city. Once to simply see it with, once again other Buckeye interns (we do travel well!) and on Sunday with a fellow Buckeye supply chain intern, Kelsie Swain, and my best friend, Alex Shellhammer, who came up just to see me! I liked Bay City a lot and if ever Midland starts to get a little dull, I can make a quick trip there! While there I fell in love with the apartments on the Bay…they reminded me of Charleston, SC (where I will some day own a condo or home).
Dow Gardens. Let it be known that Midland is Dow town…you will find so many things named after someone in the Dow family. Dow Gardens is the most breathtaking one I’ve come across. 100 acres of an assortment of gardens – ventured here with Alex and Kelsie as well. There’s also a forest attached to it that we didn’t make it to…mom and dad we can go there when you come visit!
Downtown. Skyscrapers? No thank you. Picture a quaint strip of cute, some old fashioned shops. Here in Midland, that is downtown. Right behind the strip is the Tridge which is a local landmark and a tourist hotspot (google it, it’s the first search to return). Some downtown favorites: The H Hotel (built by Dow) – has Cafe Zinc attached to it and they have delicious creme brulee; Oscar’s; and Pizza Sam’s (a delicious pizza place and a must have).
So after 2 weeks you can see that I can now blend in with the locals a lot better than I could 2 weeks ago! And again, special shout out to Alex Shellhammer who came and visited me!!! I will repay you by coming to NYC :)
Now that you know about where I’m working, next time I’ll let you all know a little more about what I’m doing!