Salmon Glacier

Salmon Glacier
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Side trip to Holland. MI

As I mentioned in my last post we had a great time at the Grand Rapids RV show last month and on the way home we decided to make a side trip to Holland. MI. About 3 years ago we rented a condo just down the street from the Holland State Park on Ottawa Beach Rd and were joined by our daughters, their spouses, our son and the grandchildren. All together that is 11 of us. The condo was three stories with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and we needed them all. The state park beach is large with plenty of room to spread out a blanket and get some sun and enjoy Lake Michigan. Of course we did this in June when the temperatures were warm and sunning and swimming are expected. The condo had a nice pool right in front of our 3 story condo. Unfortunately, I can't find those pictures but the pictures I got last month are a stark contrast to the weather we had in the summer. On the way home we ran into some intermittent snow showers and the wind was really blowing. We saw the exit to the state park and found our way back to Ottawa Beach Rd and parked in the parking lot.

This is the view of Lake Michigan looking out our windshield. I think the wind was blowing about 35- 40 mph. I stayed in the car to take pictures but there were a few brave souls that ventured out by the pier.

Here is a closer view of the waves rolling down the pier

Sitting in the car the snow would come and go and with the wind blowing so hard it was difficult to see very far forward at times. Not only was the snow blowing but the sand was really whipping too.

This is a view of the canal that connects Lake Macatawa to Lake Michigan. Not much of a view with the snow, sand and wind. As long as we stayed in the car it was actually sort of pretty.

This is the view looking back toward Lake Macatawa
There's a campground(Holland-Lake Macatawa) back about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the beach area with electric service only and some sites have 50 amp but it is pretty close quarters and would be difficult to get large rig into a site.
We really enjoyed our stroll down memory lane and thinking about all the different things we did with the family. Boy what a difference the weather makes. Fortunately the roads were not bad(mostly just blowing snow) and by the time we got to the IN border and into IL the snow had stopped and it was smooth sailing. Looking forward to spring and getting the camper out.
Oh yeah... We're planning on going to the Chicago RV show next weekend. Got to keep looking for that perfect rig to go full time in. We invited our younger daughter in IN and her husband to meet us so she is trying to get the weekend off from work. I know we'll have a good time and I think they will too. We'll have some lunch together while we are there. So many great restaurants to choose from. Well wish us luck on narrowing down the search. Ready to retire and it won't be long.



  1. Your pictures are beautiful. I especially like the view in the last one looking back towards Lake Macatawa.

    I hope you have a great time at the Chicago RV Show...and your daughter gets the week-end off!

    Can't wait to hear about what you see!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I wish I could find the pictures we took when we were in Holland during the summer. That was a great time. As for the Chicago RV show, I heard from my daughter last night and they will not be able to join us due to her boss wanting to have that weekend off(darn retail sales jobs). I know we will still have a good time at the RV show(who couldn't have fun looking at new RV's?). I know they are going to have a Sanibel 3500 there(my favorite so far) so I really want to give it a good look over. Should work up a good appetite for lunch at a nice restaurant in the area. Thanks for reading.