The drive was only 4 1/2 hours, so close to home I can't believe we haven't discovered this place before. The majority of the drive was just getting from our home town to Chicago. Once you got around the city, the drive was beautiful and you could tell there was water near. We were both very excited when our GPS finally showed water. We couldn't ever see it because of all the trees, but we knew we were so close.
I read that the dunes were around 330 feet tall and I would believe that. Of course the first thing my son said was "let's go climb them". I had to laugh because I knew immediately I would never make it. But nonetheless, we set off. I made it about 1/3 of the way up and about died of a heart attack. It started out good and I honestly thought "I can do this". Huh! That quickly ended as the slope got steeper and steeper. Colin on the other hand, did make it all the way and then proceeded to run down them as fast as he could. Long before he reached the bottom, he wiped out and ate some sand. That was when I was glad I never made it because I knew I would have wiped out too and then everyone around would have gotten a good laugh.
The dunes were sure pretty, but the beach was calling us. Colin wanted to grab is toys and find a place to play. Since we drove our car I let him bring more stuff to play with than normal and he had to bring his John Deere tractor and auger. It was the perfect thing to play with in the sand.
A couple hours passed and decided we better keep heading down the road to our destination, South Haven. Colin said he wanted some ice cream and spotted a McDonald's up the road. I told him, you can't have McDonald's ice cream, I guarantee there are ice cream stands around here. It was maybe 2 miles later we spotted this store front, and it would soon become our favorite ice cream joint.
Sherman's ice cream's home spot is Michigan. And later we would find out the actual factory is in South Haven. They had so many types to pick from, Colin opted for Cookies and Cream and I picked Cappucino. Ohhhhhhhh was it yummy.
Is this picture a true sign of being on vacation or what? Ice cream, flip flops, relaxed in a chair and all your cares are flowing by. Ahhhhh....I can even taste the ice cream.
So back in the car we go and finally we reached South Haven. Immediately I could tell this town was awesome. We followed the signs to downtown and when we saw the area, we loved it. We drove so slow to take it all in. In the distance, you saw the water and that famous lighthouse I was dying to see. Isn't it just so cute?!?!?!
Our first nights stay was in a Bed and Breakfast. It was so nice and the couple was extra friendly. Our first day in Michigan proved to be wonderful and I already loved this state.
Tomorrow, we do more sight seeing and spend time in our town.