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The West Side Of Michigan

Friday, July 03, 2015

We traveled from the St. Clair River on the East side Michigan over to Holland, Michigan which is on the western side of Michigan on Lake Michigan. We have friends here that we wanted to visit while we were in this area. One day Jeff and Kathy took us out to the beach here in Holland. Lake Michigan is very large so when you are on the beach looking out across the water it actually looks like the ocean.

Here is a picture of a lighthouse at the State Park.



They also took us to the sand dunes here on Lake Michigan. This picture was taken from the top looking down to the water.



We had to walk up lots of stairs to get to the top of the dunes. This is our friend, Jeff, on the stairs. As you can see the sand from the dunes covers the steps at times. It is constantly blowing and shifting.



A view from the top:



My Sweetie and me:



The novelty shirts here will often show a picture on the front of the t-shirt with a picture of Lake Michigan and an inscription saying, "No sharks, No sand, No worries".

On another day we traveled a little further south to the town of Saugatuck. It sits at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River and is considered "The Art Coast of Michigan". There are lots of quaint shops to explore in Saugatuck and this little river resort town is so pretty! We walked the downtown shopping area and stopped for an ice cream cone before heading back to Holland.



Our friends, Jeff and Kathy, gave us a tour of Holland and stopped at a manufacturing company that makes the blades for wind turbines. We have seen lots of them in our travels through the Eastern side of the U.S., especially along the mountain ridges in Pennsylvania. Here are a couple of pictures to show you the enormity of the size of these blades.



Our friend, Jeff, is what we would call "a tall drink of water" back home. He is tall so you can see by his height just how wide these blades are at the base.



Of course, our visit here would not be complete without a trip to Grand Rapids for some "window shopping" at Cabellas.



We will be leaving here next week....destination to be announced later!
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  • FLYER99
    I love following your travels. I never new there were sand dunes on Lake Michigan. A Cabela's opened here a month or so ago and I've yet to tour the place.

    Enjoy your journeys and have fun!
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    2171 days ago
  • SLIMLEAF
    I'm enjoying hearing about and seeing pictures of all your travels. You're right - Lake Michigan does look like the sea!
    2174 days ago
  • LFBC1100
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  • NELLIEH1
    Love seeing pictures and hearing about Lake Michigan area again. Part of my family was from Grand Haven and I had my first years on the other side in Wisconsin...Ah the mid-west...part of me has a longing for a Lake day. Happy Fourth of July!! emoticon
    2174 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2015 8:29:10 AM
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    LOVE the photos! You guys look so GREAT! My folks lived in Holland, MI for 5 years before FL and I love that side too!

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    2174 days ago
  • IAMBLESSED103
    emoticon Avanell! Thank you for sharing ... I'm lovin' the photos and the descriptions!
    2174 days ago
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