2011 von Ohsen Vacation - Coolin' it travel blog

Charlie and Bonnie at Hope College, Holland

Hope College, Holland

Jen and Bonnie at Centenniel Park, Holland

Bonnie resting on the walking tour of Holland

One of the many bronze statues, Holland

Biker Dude out of our window setting up camp, showing us his...

Bonnie said good-bye to her chipmunk buddies at the SP and we drove to Holland, in the rain. There are lots of blueberry farms in the area; harvest time is August.

As it is 4th of July weekend campgrounds are scarce. We finally found space in a marginal campground. We did meet some nice neighbors, 2 couples from Ann Arbor, here for the holiday to boat and watch fireworks.

We discovered a leak in the RV roof in our bedroom after all the rain. Charlie repaired (caulked) it on Saturday. We also went to the Eight Street Marketplace where a Farmer’s market was in full swing. We attended a cooking class on what to do w/fresh produce and were taught 2 South African dishes, one fish (chebu-jen) and the other beans (chakalaka). We bought some homemade granola, raspberries and watermelon. It got warm as we left, around 85 degrees.

Saturday afternoon we took a walking tour of the architecture in downtown Holland. We saw some beautiful old homes from 1800’s, bronze sculptures and immaculate gardens. Hope College campus is like a fairy tail. Bonnie likes the huge reddish brown squirrels with very long black tails.

The real drama happened around 5 pm Saturday. About 50 Mexican bikers, their families in cars and a moving van full of tents, fireworks, etc… surrounded us. They did, however, honor our request to move the fire ring away from our propane bottles before sparking it up. Needless to say we got –0- sleep Sat. night in “Sturgis, Mexico” w/mariachi music and fireworks. Charlie demanded a refund for our last night (pre-paid) and we said adios one day early.

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