Beach Day!

We finally hit the beach today for the first time this summer.

Yeah, we’re a little late.

We’ve been busy, and just didn’t’ get around to it. There were times I could have taken David by myself, but to be honest, the thought of dragging a three year-old and all the necessary equipment across the parking lot and the long stretch of hot sand to the water’s edge all by myself just did not appeal to me. So we waited for a day when Daddy could come with us.

It’s always more fun when Dad’s along anyway.

We headed out for the Lake Michigan shore at Tunnel State Park in Holland, Michigan. On the way we stopped at a farm selling sweetcorn along the road, and picked some up to grill at the park for lunch.

By the time we got there is was time eat. Here’s David enjoying some of that corn.

And watermelon for dessert.

At Tunnel Park the beach is divided from the rest of the park by a huge sand dune. If you want to swim you either have to climb to the top of the dune…

and then back down the other side…

Or you have to go under the dune through a tunnel. I prefer the tunnel. It takes a lot less physical exertion.

It was actually a bit cool today. Only in the mid 70’s and breezy. There were waves breaking on the shore causing a strong undertow making it unsafe to swim. The waves also churned up the water, and made it really cold. I mean really, really cold. Like painfully cold. Normally the water is pretty warm by August.

So we just waded a little.

Well, they waded. It was way too cold for me. I only put my toes in for a second. Dad said he he lost all feeling in his lower extremities after a minute.

David really wanted to swim today. I’m hoping we’ll get at least one more hot day with calmer, warmer water so we can go again before the leaves start to fall and the snow flies.

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5 Responses to “Beach Day!”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    It looks like y’all had an awesome day! We haven’t gone this year either. Oh… and I would love it if it was that cool here! In this house… WITH a/c… it was 81 degrees! Ugh.

  2. morethananelectrician Says:

    Fresh corn, watermelon and water. Sounds like a good day. In my younger days, we made it to Lake Michigan and I remember it being VERY cold…Superior was FRIGID, but it was still very almost unbearable.

  3. happyathome Says:

    I had to do a double take on the beach, living on the east coast, you forget that there are beaches on the big lakes! I thnk we are dealing with the same situaton in Maine, just as cold on the coast! I am lucky, CT has a prtected sound area whih warms the water up, not bad right now. Although with all of the rainwe have had in the past two weeks, the beach has been pretty remote.

  4. acupofjoy Says:

    Looks like fun! I am looking forward to doing this with our family Aussie! I’m not sure what he will think of the dunes! Or the grilled corn! 🙂

  5. Nancy Says:

    Beautiful pictures! Can’t believe it was that cold. Hopefully he will get a chance to play in the water soon.

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