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.
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.