The final Great Lake foot bath

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

I was eager to drive to South Haven, on Lake Michigan and it only took about 45 minutes to get there.  South Haven is very quaint and if I had any idea, I would have stayed here last night instead of Kalamazoo!

It was a beautiful day and found a parking spot and went awandering.  Walked along the main street, taking in the shops and cafes.  Made my way along the riverfront down to the beach.  It's gorgeous here, I can see it being very touristy in the summer.  Luckily, not too busy today.  

The beach is huge and sandy, I walked to the water's edge and took a few deep breaths preparing myself.  I'm expecting it to be cold and a bit of a shock, I hope I don't cry out.  One, two and.....hey!  The water is surprisingly warm!  I got my pictures and success!

There were a few people looking at me oddly, I just smiled.  Walked to the wharf and headed out towards the lighthouse.  The lake is rockin and rollin, some waves spilling over the wharf and splashing the lighthouse.  A few people were out at the end trying to get pics of the waves, not me, no sir!   I don't plan on being washed away.  

Ended up chatting with a fellow from Des Moines about traveling and nice places to visit then he says 'can I get your opinion on two things:  1) do you think you will go to heaven and 2) what do you need to get there'.  He then pulled out a bible and read me some passages.  It was surreal.  Standing on a wharf in Michigan, waves rolling by, sun shining down, sand in my toes, and this fellow talking about my salvation.  He gave me the bible and wished me well.  I am now the proud owner of a camouflage bible and an interesting memory. 

I left South Haven and went south, wanted to be sure to be well below Chicago before I turned west.  I'd been warned about the traffic.   Ended up on some country roads, lots of fields and tractors!  It was starting to get later so I had my eye out for a hotel but the area was quite rural and there wasn't any towns of a decent size.  I crossed the boarder from Indiana to Illinois and stopped in Kankakee.  Another great name, haha.  There were a few run down hotels and I just couldn't do it.  Time for something nice and I found just that - a Hilton.  The price was decent and it was new and clean - oh my!

ahhh, time to relax...


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