Who knew how hot it can get in Michigan? It has been in the 90's and humid.
We got a rental car from Enterprise on Thursday, August 11 and headed to Holland, Michigan. We had some missions to accomplish. Our mail and some packages were going to the marina in Holland and we had made the choice to get further south because heavy winds were forecast. So we needed to pick those up. But I really wanted to see the Windmill Island Gardens.
Holland, Michigan, was settled by the Dutch and they are very proud of their Dutch heritage. The town has maintained close ties to the Netherlands. Some of the other tourists were Dutch spoke Dutch with the staff. The Windmill Island Gardens has the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the United States.
At the garden, they have an Amsterdam Street Organ that was given to Holland, Michigan in 1947 as a thank you for the liberation during WWII. The organ is very ornate. The women are former queens of the Netherlands.
The young women giving the tours of the windmill demonstrated Dutch dancing. It was a hot day to be dressed in authentic garb.
After the Windmill Island, we went to see the Holland Lighthouse, which resembles those in the Netherlands.
Downtown Holland was lots of fun. They are doing a project where they are putting in heated lines under the side walks to keep them snow free. Along the downtown, there was a fire pit with chimney for cold days.
Our computer has been showing signs of wanting to give up the ghost. We went shopping last night and got a new one.
Today, we headed to South Haven for the South Haven Blueberry Festival.
The winds are still supposed to be high tomorrow so we will take the car and do some provisioning.
Lat 42 degrees 6.91 North
Long 86 degrees 29.03 West