This past summer, there were two perfect weeks in which all of my siblings were home. That first week, we did things here in town, but the second week, we rented a fantastic house a few yards from a quiet, private beach in Holland, Michigan. Lake Michigan was the warmest we’ve ever felt it, and we spent more time in the water than we ever have. Days were divided between our little beach camp and our lovely screened in porch, where we ate meals, played games, and read books. It was a relaxing, blissful week, and I loved having so much time alone with my family. If you’ve never been to Michigan, there are some incredible places along Michigan’s west coast, including the charming town of Holland. Michigan’s beaches are clean and lovely and you can easily forget that you are on a giant lake and not the ocean. Michigan holds many special memories for my family, and this trip was no exception.
Our beautiful coastline for the week:
Wave patterns in the sand:
Big Red Lighthouse:
Glorious Michigan sunsets:
On our way out of town, we stopped near Saugatuck for an insane dune buggy ride. If you weren’t wearing your seatbelt, you were dead. It was a blast.
My sister, Maria, and brother-in-law, Andrew. Maria weighs about 95 lbs MAYBE, so she clung to the bar for dear life.
Believe it or not, a town was here before the sands blew in from the lake. The trees here are actually tree tops; the trunks of these trees go on for yards beneath the sand where their roots find water.
Also, I don’t know if I’ve ever shown them off, but this is my family I love so dearly: my younger brother, Zach, me, my brother-in-law, Andrew, my sister, Maria, Dad, and Mom.