Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enjoying a few more days of summer

With our 2 weeks up at Haas Lake, we packed up the RV and headed west again . . . just not too far west!

Our destination for the next few days was the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area – in the SW corner of Michigan.  We stayed at Eden Springs Park – a nice little campground with friendly people, and I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of our campsite!

We had a few goals for the weekend – fresh blueberries, fresh peaches, and the beach!  This area of MI (South Haven, Coloma) is well-known for fruit, especially peaches and blueberries . . . and we were just a few short miles from a beautiful county beach on Lake Michigan.



First, we needed to find a U-pick farm that still had blueberries (we’re getting close to the end of the season for them), so we decided to try DeGrandchamps Farms, up in South Haven.  It’s a pretty big commercial farm, but they also have a nice U-pick area for folks like us.

Their website said the U-pick would be open until august 31st, so we made it in time!



Blueberry Farm

The bushes were still really full, and although the berries were on the small side, they were still really sweet!


Are you picking blueberries or eating them??!!


Nicolas loves blueberries!

We each took a bucket, and some of us did a better job picking than others  Smile , but we ended up with 7-1/2 pounds of fresh, delicious blueberries!  . . . which are now taking up precious space in my freezer!!  I had to take the shelf out to fit the box, but one the berries are completely frozen, I should be able to transfer them to smaller containers that won’t take up so much room.


On the way home, we stopped at a farm market and bought a basket of fresh red haven peaches – YUM!!  They taste really good with blueberries!

2 down, one to go . . .

On the beach in St. Joe

After lunch, we drove into St. Joe to the county beach.  It’s a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan, and there were lots of people out enjoying this gorgeous day!

Lots of people in the water

There was a chance of thunderstorms developing in the afternoon, but the sky was clear and blue when we arrived.  We settled in to soak up some sun!

Enjoying the sun for a while!

Guarding the sand castle


After awhile, we started hearing some rumbling out over the lake, and it sounded a little bit like thunder.  We could see some clouds moving towards shore.



Rumbles of thunder in the distance

Nick and Bryce decided to get in the water before the storm arrived . . . and the water wasn’t even too cold! 

Eventually, we started seeing flashes of lightning, too, so it was time to pack up and get back to the car . . . everybody had the same idea and there was a mass exodus from the beach!

The sky is getting pretty dark -- everybody is leaving the beach!

It’s amazing how quickly these storms can develop over the lake!  By the time we reached our car, the sky had turned completely black, and the wind was whipping so much sand around the people still trying to get back to their cars were getting sand-blasted!

We managed to get out of there and back to the campground without getting caught in any rain . . . and I don’t know what happened at the beach, but we never did get any rain at the campground!

We were going to go back to the beach after dinner to get some sunset pictures, but decided not to . . . we should have – the sky was an amazing mixture of orange and purple that night!

It was a great couple of days back on the coast!


  1. Blueberries and peaches... a perfect combination:o)) I was just surprised that peaches grow that far north!!!

  2. Sounds like a great time, what is temp. this time of year up there?


Thanks for reading! We'd love to hear your comments!