Visiting Detroit’s Eastern Market By Air.

This past Saturday, September 24th, was a rare day when Randy and I had no plans or social obligations.  It was a nice sunny day to boot.  So needless to say, it was time for another venture via the wild blue.

We decided to do something a little different and head to the Southeastern part of the state and land at the Coleman Young airport (KDET) in the heart of Detroit to visit the famous Eastern Market.  I had never been there, so I was excited, as I’ve heard nothing but good about it.  I wasn’t prepared for the scope of it however!  There was literally acre upon acre of an overwhelming array of vendors offering up fresh meats, cheeses, produce, spices, herbs, flowers, wines, baked goods, arts, crafts, home goods – you name it – it was here!

We spent several hours roaming around the market, quickly filling up our backpack with everything from a huge slab of famed corned beef from Wigley’s Meats (an icon in Detroit for decades), fresh catnip for our cats,  fresh baked olive bread from Detroit’s own, Avalon Bakery , to Jar Head homemade Chips and Queso, created by a retired Marine Sgt. who donates a proceed of every sale to the VFW.  (You must try their products – they are wonderful!)

After roaming for a few hours, our appetites led us to a hidden gem of a restaurant.  Stache International is located next door to the meat market at 1416 East Fisher Service Dr. You have to be on the lookout, as it is not well marked and would be easy to walk right past.  What we thought would be a dive, turned out to be a culinary circus. (and I mean that in a good way)  The menu is an electric mix of the unusual.  I had a “Brooklyn Bloody” sandwich which consisted of fried pickle slices, mcclure’s bloody mary mix spiced tomato spread, melted dill havarti & swiss cheeses on scallion dill bread.  It was outrageous and delicious.  Randy had the special, “Bobby Lane” sandwich.  This gut-bomb began with pulled buffalo chicken, Jalepeno poppers and cheese, smothered with white chicken and bean chili all piled on a pretzel bun.  A M A Z I N G.  Their seasoned homemade chips were so good, I think I may have shed some tears.   If you go to the market, Stache is a must try!

Words of wisdom to those planning to fly to KDET to visit the Eastern Market.  Make sure you have an Uber App and know how to use it.  We didn’t.  The FBO would not let us take the courtesy car for the afternoon, which is understandable (I guess), so we ended up paying a $25.00 cab fare each way – for about a 4 mile ride.   It was well worth the experience though.  You can enjoy the market year around: Saturdays from 7:00AM – 4:00PM,  Sept – June:  Tuesdays 9:00AM – 3:00PM and Sundays 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

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Nice view of Detroit
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Wing shot
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On final for KDET
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1930/40s era old terminal

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Entertainment
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Pitching his goods

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Couldn’t resist…
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Our Eatery – Stache

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Wall murals were everywhere
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Our chariot awaits to take us home
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Sidnaw (6Y9) Annual Labor Day Fly-In

With our wedding trip behind us, we returned home, and after an aviation themed celebration with friends and family, we settled back in to our “normal” life.  We were pretty exhausted and it was nice to regroup and get some R&R at home.

However – with that being said, Randy and I never go too long without some kind of flying fun.   I made the decision to continue on with the blog and record future flights.  Many of our friends and family enjoyed following along on our wedding trip, so hopefully they will find it interesting to see where future endeavors take us.  With that, I leave you with our first “post wedding” trip…

Good friends from 9D9,  Brad and Diz Frederick,  own and operate the Pricket-Grooms airfield (6Y9), in the town of Sidnaw, located in the northwestern upper peninsula of Michigan.  Every year on Labor Day weekend, the Fredericks host a fly-in event at the airfield.  The event is a weekend endeavor complete with camping, good food and great fellowship with other aviation enthusiasts.

Randy and I departed Hastings on Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful morning to fly.  Our route took us from 9D9 to Manistee, MI where we initiated our Lake Michigan crossing.  Visibility was excellent and we could see the Wisconsin shoreline before we even left Michigan.  It is always a picturesque flight, over the Dorr County peninsula, with all of the long arms of terra-firma, reaching  out into the lake forming the many Bays that make up this part of Eastern Wisconsin.  Our route took us over Sturgeon and Sister Bays and provided some very pretty scenery.  Glancing at our GPS, we noticed we were following the upper Michigan/Wisconsin border very closely.  In fact we crossed back and forth between the two states several times. The clocks on our cellphones were having a hard time keeping up with the time zones!

After nearly two hours in the air, 6Y9 finally came in to view.  It’s not hard to spot.  You simply look for one of the only clear patches in a never ending blanket of trees.  We landed and tied Miss America down and made our way down the flight line to greet our fellow travelers and enjoy some freshly grilled hamburgers.

Brad and Diz were great hosts and we had a fun-filled weekend which included dinner and banter at the ever popular Hoppy’s Bar.  Sunday we enjoyed breakfast at the Sidnaw Station and an early dinner at the Hardwood Steakhouse before our departure.    We had a great time and met some very nice people from all over the country.  We hope for a repeat next year!

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View of Grand Rapids from 9,500′. You can even see Muskegon and Lake Michigan in the distance.
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Nice view of Grand Rapids
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Manistee Harbor
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Heading out over Lake Michigan
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Pretty flight over the lake
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Wisconsin coming in to view.
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Wisconsin shoreline
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Trademark “wing shot”.
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Beautiful WI Bays.
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Wisconsin or Michigan?
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Winding river below
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6Y9
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On final.

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Old Sidnaw School. Now 6Y9 pilot’s lounge.
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Hovering over the Navion.

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Milkyway over 6Y9
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Goodnight Miss A!