Thursday, September 22, 2005

August Trip to Pentwater

August 27 - We took a short drive from our cottage down to Pentwater.

Back when we had our sailboat moored in Muskegon, some of the more adventurous power boaters always had Pentwater as a favorite target destination. I always wondered why.

Well, it must be the town - described as a quaint little town - because the beach doesn't look all that great. This photo was taken the week before Labor Day weekend but school was already in session most everywhere in Michigan so the crowds were already thinning out in the parks. Even the City Park in Ludington has more beach area than here at Mears State Park in Pentwater.

...and then there was the campground!
We just HAD to check that out... wall to wall RV's, trailers, popup campers and tents... all parked in their spaces on the nice hot concrete! Trees? minimal, pretty much lined up along the edges of the concrete - where they actually existed. Again, I guess people go there to visit the town because, even if campers sit in their space by the camper to have a campfire and make s'mores they pretty much can't avoid the closeness of their neighbors... which is alright for those who travel together, but real, old-fashioned campers would be apalled by the total atmosphere! I guess that's why my favorite Michigan State Park always has been and still remains to be in Ludington.

The town of Pentwater? - We didn't actually stop and visit because when we started out from Scottville, the weather was actually cold - and windy, so we dressed accordingly in long pants and sleeves, even bringing along sweatshirts in case it got even colder. We felt that, not only would we look dorky walking around town like that but we would also be very uncomfortable. We decided to go back another day for the touristy trip.

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