The drive home from Gaylord, Michigan takes us 7 1/2 hours. The halfway point and a good pit stop along the way is Dundee, Michigan…
which just happens to be home to the second largest Cabela’s store worldwide…
A fitting reason to stop to stretch our legs according to Toby.
The stop worked out well. We didn’t need to be home at any certain time on Tuesday, so we had the unusual luxury of being able to waste a few hours wandering and window shopping through this impressive sporting goods store.
Cabela’s is better labeled an “experience” than a shopping trip. The huge, ornate taxidermy displays make you feel like you are in a Natural History Museum rather than shopping for waders or bait.
And the best part of the experience is: IT IS FREE!
Assuming you can resist the urge to impulse buy…
which is not an issue for me, but is perhaps a bit more challenging for Toby 😉
The kids loved walking around and viewing all the wildlife displays.
And since it was noon on a Tuesday we had the store to ourselves.
The kids’ other favorite part of Cabela’s is the freshwater aquarium.
Toby enjoyed pointing out the different types of fish to which Tyler would reply, “So, have you caught that fish before?”
The most outgoing resident of the freshwater aquarium was this little turtle that followed the kids up and down the glass.
When we left Cabela’s we made a quick stop at the gas station next door which also happened to house a Beef Jerky outlet store.
When we stepped inside to get drinks we had no idea the adventure that awaited us. On display they had dozens of flavors of jerky for sale.
The best part was they had free samples of all their jerky.
We had a blast trying all the fun flavors of beef jerky as well as other animal jerky. Here is a picture of the kids giving alligator jerky a try.
The consensus: the taste was great, the texture…not so great 🙂
Our two hour pit stop in Dundee, Michigan ended up being a perfect conclusion to our Memorial weekend getaway.