To celebrate this 4th of July, I went camping with my old college roommate in Grand Haven, Michigan. Both of us love camping and, since summer started, neither of us had gone camping yet. So, cue camping trip.
If you’re a Michigander, you know of Grand Haven as one of the best beach towns in the state. It’s a quaint town on the coast of Lake Michigan, located on the central west side of the mitten. But I’ll be honest, we spent most of the weekend exploring the areas around Grand Haven rather than the town itself.
We went on a little day trip to Grand Rapids, the metropolitan area. Let me tell you, this place is fancy. Like, this is what their farmer’s market looked like:
Then we headed to Founders Brewing Company to miss a group brewery tour, settling on a flight of beers instead. The food here is phenomenal. If you ever find yourself in town, do me a favor and order their bruschetta, which is basically a whole baguette sliced up and toasted in butter, accompanied with farm-to-table fresh tomatoes smothered in cheese.
We’d plan to grab some ribs and sausages from a nearby farm before heading back to camp and grilling, like the bros we are, but it was closed. Instead, we headed to a stand-up paddle board rental shop, which was also closed. Finally, we settled for some corn dogs from this famous corn dog stand, which we didn’t have cash for. It was all planned very well and fun was had by all…
Instead, we walked down to the lighthouse carrying a ton of stuff we didn’t need, ate from the food court, and had delicious ice cream.
The musical fountain was completely underwhelming. It was just jets of water set to music, which is what all fountains are, I guess. But it was noticeable with this one.
I think my favorite experience this 4th was watching a double feature at the local drive-in movie theater in Muskegon, Michigan. Unlike any I’ve ever been to before, this one was a huge gravel lot surrounded by FOUR screens. Once the first feature was done, you were free to either leave or head to another movie even if it was showing on another screen.
We decided on Legend of Tarzan and Finding Dory, which were both pretty good.