Monday, August 11, 2008

It was a great week!

I spent the last week camping with my sisters, on the shore of Lake Michigan near beautiful Grand Haven, Michigan. This campground is only about 20 minutes away from where I live, so the husbands were able to come out for the weekend. The older girls were able to spend a lot of time with us, although they each had to work a little throughout the week. Here are a few pictures showing you how we spent some of our time.
We didn't do a lot of campfires, because it was quite warm, but we enjoyed the evenings we did have them. Of course we had some good campfire treats too!
We had a lot of really nice weather, but there were a few periods of this:

This storm came on Wednesday and it looked like a small river was running through the campground! It only lasted a short while though, and then we saw this:
I love rainbows, and the promise they portray.

Laura and Aaron spent Sunday afternoon and evening with us. Here they are standing on the Gazebo overlooking the lake.
Left to right: Heather, Bob, Laura, Aaron

While we were standing in the gazebo, Bob got a call from Andy. Heather, Laura and Aaron went for a walk on the beach while he was talking.
I love to watch the sun set over the lake. Here are pictures from a few different days:

This is the walkway to the beach, lit up in the evening.

The campground is landscaped beautifully. Everywhere you walk there are different flowers blooming.

The gazebo near the lake is used every weekend for weddings.

We took a walk down this trail and enjoyed the woods surrounding the campground.

Here's one last picture of Lake Michigan. We had a great week, spending time with family and relaxing.

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Cheri said...

That is such a beautiful picture of the walkway to the beach!
Some of us enjoyed the wood trails more than others!!! Hee hee!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Those pictures are beautiful Mari! I want to go back too! I have to say though - only one rain storm?! - ha.... try 3 or 4 or 5!

Anonymous said...

Mari, what a nice relaxing time yes? I love the pictures of Lake Michigan, we are Blessed to live so close to it:)Glad you had time with your family, and I am glad your back with us:)

Chad and Tammy said...

Beautiful pictures! My mom worked there for 3 summers when I was a kid, so we pretty much lived there all summer. Your pictures bring back lots of great memories!!

Mary said...


The photos are great and it looks like you had a wonderful time. It's always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax.

Take care and have a great week.

Andrew Bruins said...

Looks like fun, I'm kinda jealous I wasnt there.

PinkDaisyGirl said...

That's a beautiful spot, and it's still camping no matter what the guys in your family say!

I'm definitely going to tell my hubby about this place because he'll want to know where he can go closer to where we live now. Is there fishing too?

~ Kayren

linda said...

We just got back today from our camping trip down to San Diego. Our KOA was beautiful but nothing compared to your Lake looks wonderful.

So glad you had a great time with your family.

Cherdecor said...

You had a beautiful spot on Lake Michigan and I loved looking at the flowers and gazebo! I am so glad that you and your sisters and families had this time together. What a treasure!

Rebekah said...

I Wanna Go Camping There!! Seriously, beautiful pictures. Glad you had a great time.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful campground. It sounds like you had a great and relaxing vacation!

Joanne said...


Welcome back home! So glad you all had a great time. The pictures are just beautiful, but I'd guess the memories you made are even better.

Joanne :O)

mamachristina said...

The pictures are beautiful, we are looking forward to going to lake michigan in a couple weeks, but we don't do the tent thing either, we rent a cabin.

Terri said...

You got some great shots on the way to the beach - I just never think of taking them there. I love your rainbow picture too

Saija said...

i'm so glad you had a great time!
the setting was beautiful!!! loved the pics! :o)

Anonymous said...

I thought you guys were at the state park, but I guess not. I'm pretty sure I know where you were. Looks beautiful. Gotta love GH! Still wish I could have crashed your party.

Pennies In My Pocket said...

I'm finally baaaaack! Wow oh wow that was a long time!!! The photos are SOOOO fabulous!!! I want to be there!

Nancy said...

The walkway looks so inviting, so glad you had fun and did some relaxing. and so glad your back to work too..

Sandra said...

And you say it's just 20 minutes from you???? I'm so jealous!

What a wonderful time you had and the pictures are beautiful :)

Musicaljean said...

Beautiful scenery! And I am really impressed with Bob's carving!

Shelly said...

Great pics of your camping trip. Where did you camp? Looks like you had a relaxing and peaceful time. We are going to silver lake.

Lynn said...

Oh my...what a BEAUTIFUL place! I love the picture of your family with the shadows. How peaceful with the beach and the gardens...glad you had such a wonderful vacation.