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North America » United States » Michigan » Holland July 12th 2018

We left Chesterton, Indiana for the next stop on our Great Lakes Vacation: Traverse City, Michigan. While it's not on the lake, it was the closest campground we could find to Sleeping Bear Dunes! On our drive, we stopped for lunch in Holland, Michigan, and we decided to take our food to Holland State Park. We didn't realize there'd be a beach there! The cost was $9 for a non-resident day pass, and it came with access to bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms. The picnic tables were shaded and readily available. We ate our "picnic" there (Wendy's), and then walked along the beach and the pier. The beach was a popular destination for families and sunbathers. The shoreline was full of colorful umbrellas and towels. Our kids wanted to swim, but we just didn't have the ... read more
Picnicking in Holland, Michigan
Big Red Lighthouse
Pier at Holland State Park

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland May 12th 2018

Friday, Rain, rain go away. We have been blessed since departing on Sunday with fantastic weather...warm and dry. But all good things come to an end. We spent the night in South Bend, Indiana. I woke to the sound of steady rain. We were prepared that this day would come. We have rain jackets and two small umbrellas. Today, we were glad we had both. While we anticipated the rain we were not really prepared for the cold. It was in the low 40s when we got up and stayed there all day. Plus, a steady 10-15 mph wind. But, we have had another great travel day. Exhausting, but fun. We decided that we had to explore the Notre Dame University campus. Jackie plugged in her GPS the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and off we ... read more
University of Notre Dame
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland June 11th 2017

This morning we bid a sad goodby to the upper peninsula, though we technically left yesterday when we crossed the Mackinac Bridge, but we could still see it across the bay. After a quick hotel breakfast, we loaded up the bike and hit the road at about 8:00, about typical for us lately. It was warmer this time, mid-60's, jean jacket weather for me but still leather jacket weather for Jody. Our plan was to follow US-31 all the way from Mackinaw City down to Saugatuck and ride the dunes. Since our hotel was actually on the old US-31 it didn't take long to get on the right US-31S. In the first hour, we passed through a series of towns in what is somehow called Upper Michigan which actually means Upper Lower Michigan as opposed to ... read more
Petroskey - Jody At Waterfall In The Park
Traverse City - Sculpture In The Park
Traverse City - The Marina

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland August 6th 2012

Aug. 6: Holland, Michigan has been on my bucket list for a long time. I really always wanted to see the tulip festival. Obviously, my timing this trip was way off. I will have to come back again some spring-time and catch the fields of flowers in bloom. In the meantime, I settled for some other flowers and Dutch type buildings and gardens, complete with windmills. I drove around downtown a bit, then parked to walk. Downtown Holland is very clean, with numerous specialty shops and sidewalk cafes. I was impressed with the cleanliness and the the d├ęcor of some of the buildings, but didn't stay around to shop. Next stop was the Windmill Island Gardens. I don't think this is where the tulips and other spring flowers are commercially grown, but I'm sure there are ... read more
Color on the Roof
Does the shoe fit?

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland September 30th 2011

Holland Michigan Trails Text and Photos last updated: September 2011 Number of times we have biked these trails: Various Location: Holland Michigan Distance: 50+ km (estimate) Distance markers:No Surface: paved & concrete Width: 2-3 metres Grade: Flat Conditions of trail:good Parking: various parks Water: at some of the parks Washrooms: at the parks Garbage bins:only at parks Rest Areas: parks Trail marking: None This is not a rails to trails bike path. Holland, Michigan is unique among most cities of this size (around 35 000)that we are aware of. The city is laid out in a grid system and most of the major streets have a dedicated biking/walking path along one side of the street. These streets extend to rural farm lands. Starting at Lak... read more
Holland Trails 01
Holland Trails 02
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North America » United States » Michigan » Holland October 4th 2008

It's day two of our vacation and after spending our first day here catching up on some much needed sleep, we were ready to venture out into our surroundings. Our first stop: the mall. LOL. Lar's mom, Peggy, has been spoiling us rotten from the moment our plane touched down. This morning she treated us to new haircuts and surprise goodies from Bath & Bodyworks. (I've decided that every great vacation should include a mom doling out heaps of TLC.) After a bit o' pampering, we grabbed a map and headed west, our goal being Holland, Michigan, a Dutch community reknowned for its windmills and tulip festival. We found our way into town and meandered through the charming brownstone buildings and downtown storefronts. I'd imagined spending the day in a large-scale version of the "It's a ... read more
Pier (B&W)
Two Piers

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland August 25th 2008

It all started with a red-eye, overnight flight from Vancouver to Toronto. The plane was full and we were jammed in, sitting bolt upright, for four and a half hours. Needless to say, not much shut eye was to be had. We landed into Toronto at 7am. After collecting our bags, we wearily wandered to the rental car desks to pick up our motor. After collecting the keys we were soon on our merry way. About an hour into the drive we decided that a night of no sleep meant that we were pretty tired. We stopped at the services along the highway and slept for an hour in the car. It was a pretty good nap considering and set us up for some more driving. We were heading West of Toronto and making our way ... read more
Mike strolling up to "Big Red"
Arid view
Morning java

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland May 10th 2008

After all the planning, all the excitment, all the shopping, all the packing, it's all come down to now. Tonight will be the last time I sleep in my bed before I leave tomorrow. I have a camera now, Benj sent me his old one and the softwear and all that goes with it, unfortunately it's not letting me install it and no one seems to be able to figure out why. So this may turn out to be a blog of words rather than pictures, unfortunate, I know. Don't worry, though, I'll be taking a lot of pictures so if anyone wants to see them when I get back I'm sure we'll find a way! Bethany... read more

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland May 4th 2008

"Tip toe through the tulips with me" Today we had a wonderful time in Holland..... Holland Michigan that is ! Holland is a lovely town on Lake Michigan, they have a tulip festival each spring and Geoff and I were lucky enough to go along with Marilyn and Tom. We couldn't decide which was our favourite.... there were too many to choose from.... read more
There weretwo little Dutch girls
A perfect day with great friends
Picture perfect

North America » United States » Michigan » Holland June 29th 2005

So here I am starting off my very first travel blog. I don't plan on updating again until I am actually in New Zealand.. which won't be until the end of August. But just wanted to test out the whole "posting" thing anyways!... read more

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