Holland State Park

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Poor, poor youth, forced into a vacation day on the beach.

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Two hours had passed since we walked out to the beach at Grand Haven where the waves were gentle and calm. Holland State Park is about 22 miles south of the beach we visited in Grand Haven. Here, winds were considerably stronger.

Wave music is a favorite sound of mine. These waves boisterously tumbled and crashed against the shore. I’m certain these waves were nothing like storm waves, which must be terrifying in their fury, but these waves were safe and enjoyable.

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Holland’s “Big Red” Lighthouse beyond Christian

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Flicking water at her lazy brother.

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Retaliating with a sandy kick?

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Temperatures were barely 70*, with much chillier Lake Michigan water, deemed too cold for even Rebecca’s swimming comfort. She waded a bit.

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Yet brilliant sunshine made sitting along the shore pleasant (at least in my opinion).

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On this August Wednesday, Holland State Park Beach was relatively busy near the boardwalk, so we chose to walk much further down the shoreline for more relaxing ambiance.

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Oh, I should mention that our Michigan “Recreation Passport” — now an annual $11 fee — was required to enter and park at the state park. With our vehicle registration we had already prepaid the fee for an entire year of admittance to state parks, so this sandy visit cost us nothing out-of-pocket.

8.14.13
Holland State Park
Lake Michigan

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2 thoughts on “Holland State Park

  1. I just visited the same beach a few weekends ago with one of my girlfriends. It looks like you had a beautiful day on the beach! When I visited it was cloudy and rainy. I had to wear my sweatshirt, but eventually the sun came out. Michigan has so much beauty to enjoy.

    • Heather says:

      So sorry the beach was mostly cloudy and rainy when you went, Jeanni. It’s hard to time our snippets of vacation to match up with pleasant weather! Too bad our family ancestors didn’t settle closer to one of the Great Lakes rather than in the middle of the state, huh?

      I hope your leg/ankle is feeling better. My mom said you’d re-injured it:(

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