Guest Blogger Kelsey DeBruin shares her Pure Michigan moment, an annual camping trip with her family, and the feeling that so many of us can relate to when anticipating that time away from home on one of Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Every year, my extended family and I spend a week on Lake Michigan at the Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater. This tradition started 40 years ago with two families, and over time has expanded to 10 families and growing!
The excitement for Pentwater starts building in the beginning of January, when we spend a couple days waking up early, calling the state park so we can reserve all the campsites we need for the Fourth of July weekend. The excitement continues to build as the months pass and everyone tries to find that perfect bathing suit and hits the gym to get that perfect beach body. As the weather starts to warm up, I start dreaming of the beach where I’m laying out in the sand, soaking up the sun, enjoying a book, swimming out to the sandbar to cool off, and playing a friendly game of keep away in the water.
The day finally comes! All the beach towels are packed, the pets are taken care of, and our employers know we won’t be around for the next week. Then the best week of the year unfolds and includes many awesome activities like trips to the beach, food-filled happy hours, breath-taking sunsets, and star gazing camp fires. We spend our days walking and fishing off the pier, riding bikes up and down the main strip to visit all the different shops, and taking boat trips to find sand dunes.
And as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Before you know it we’re packing up and saying our goodbyes, another Pentwater vacation has come and gone. Even with all the years we have spent at the state park, we still have things that we never get to on our to-do list. Luckily we’re never too depressed because…there’s always next year right!?