The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Our Campsite. Check out that small tree.

Hackley Hume Victorian Home. Built by Muskegons famous lumber barons in 1887

City Barn located between the homes. It was shared by both the...

Other well kept historic homes on the same street.

Queen Anne Victorian Detail.

This carved hand was down the street from the campground in a...

Downtown Holland MI.

Lots of sidewalk cafes.

Entrance to Dutch village.

Dutch Organ, plays every 15 minutes.

A 250 year old working windmill.

Dismantled in Holland and reconstructed here.

Only 7 stories high.

How to turn it into the wind.

Those are wooden gears.

The grindstone.

Up close and personal with the blades.

Dutch line dancing

They don"t need cleats.

Dutch canal.

Street front.

The climb back at the State Park. 111 steps.

Proof we climbed it.

The view.

Up 66 more steps.

The view.

More proof.

The reward.

The state parks on the west side of Michigan Lake are very busy. We were told to be sure and visit Holland, Michigan so we made that our next stop. Most state parks were full. We were in the mood to just relax and cut back on some of the site seeing.

We got the 'last' site at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Not sure how their reservation system works as the site next to us was empty. We could only get a site for 2 nights. The news stations were reporting that the state parks are bringing in big revenue money for Michigan this year. This park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Lake Michigan dunes, and views of Lake Michigan.

We took a short hike in the park to visit a tower that had panoramic views of the lake. The hiking part was short. The stair climbing....something else.

Instead of visiting another lighthouse we shook things up and went to an authentic Netherlands Windmill. Windmill Island replicates authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and village life with native costumes including wooden shoes.

We did go downtown Holland and had breakfast one morning. We drove through downtown Muskegon and found some very stunning Victorian homes.

Next we are heading inland away from Lake Michigan toward Dearborn. We plan to visit the Henry Ford attractions which should take two or three days. Then we plan to head towards Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on the agenda. We have family in n Astabula, Ohio that we plan to visit after Cleveland.

Not sure which way we will go from there.

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