Both my husband and I are from mid-Michigan, our moms live one exit apart on the highway in small towns. And I always know we are close to home when I can buy Diet Vernor's at a gas stop. Long a family staple, it is not just a soda (or pop in Midwest-speak), but a cure for any stomach ache you might have. Burns so good. Just beware - those bubbles can really tickle the nose. We made our annual 2 week pilgrimage, by car, with 2 teenagers, and while it's not France, or Italy, or an obviously exotic locale, we always enjoy the fresh produce and cooler temperatures. I'll be sharing a few of our adventures over the next week.