While everybody else in the campground was packing up and heading home for work and school, we decided to take a little drive over to Lake Michigan for the day.
After a quick stop at KFC in Wayland for a bucket of chicken, we wound our way west on various back roads until we reached Saugatuck Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan.
This is a day use park (no camping) with a nice shady picnic area and a beautiful beach. We found an empty picnic table and enjoyed our lunch before starting out on the 1-mile trail through the woods,
up and over the dunes, finally arriving at our final descent to the beach.
The state park covers several miles of shoreline,
and we found a nice spot to set up our beach blanket and umbrella and enjoy the day.
(Yes, we have a quilt that we take to the beach with us!!) The day was beautiful – hot and sunny – and the water was great! Every beach we’ve been to on Lake Michigan this year has been so clean, with crystal clear water! We had a great time playing in the cool, clean water!
It was a great way to end the holiday weekend . . . but it wasn’t the end of our vacation, and just the beginning of our new lifestyle!