Michigan, that is. Holland Michigan is known for their tulips and they have a festival every May, but with all the warm weather this spring the tulips are in full bloom right now. By the time May rolls around the tulips will have lost all their petals. We heard from a local that the city was going to plant 5 million more bulbs and hope they will be blooming for the festival. Don't know if it's true or not but they will have to do something.
Just a few quick photos and please forgive my picture taking skills as this is the first time I have used my new Pentax K-R.
Here's a shameless camper photo.
Holland Harbor Lighthouse.
Reverend Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland Michigan.
Lake Michigan Looking South.
DD Swinging On the Beach.
We stayed in Holland State Park but the beach camping side of the park was still closed. Good weather all weekend but it did snow on the way back home. All in all it was a nice weekend getaway and we are looking forward to our next trip.
I lived in Holland about 25 years. Now 20 miles north. It is a really nice area especialy in the cool Mi summer. Lake Mi is at its widest point at Holland 80 miles to Wisconsin all fresh water. I am not a big believer in global warming. I think the planet does exhibit hot and cold cycles but, they did move the Tulip Festival back a week a few years ago. The flowers kept blooming to early. They keep trying later blooming varieties, to stick with the traditional festival dates. If the trend continues they may have to back it up again. Kind of a bummer for the bus loads of retiree's show up and all they get is stems. They still have the parades, shows, and other attractions. At one time it was right up there with the Rose Bowl and Madi Gra as far as tourist draw.
I always loved delivering to our Holland yard when the tulips were in bloom. I even would take the wife along once a year. I worked for a lumber co. in Grand Rapids that had a branch yard there. That was many moons ago.
We have the Tulips in full bloom right now. It looks like the only ones left blooming will be the very late blooming ones. Some of the early ones are already stems. They have a bout 1500 plants in the city greenhouse that they will put out along 8th. street for the parades and festival time. The official time is May 5-12. The entertainment will all be as scheduled with the Oak Ridge Boys as one of the groups and a few others. Go to Tuliptime.com for the official info. Parades are on Wed., Thur, and Sat. The Wed. parade is for the governors parade. Thurs is the Kinder Parade with all the children from schools nearby marching in the parade and Saturday is the Muzik parade with bands from all over the US and sometimes Canada marching. Before each parade the town crier and mayor check and announce that the street is dirty and needs scrubbing. The next is all the people in their Dutch costumes, carrying a bucket of water and a broom start scrubbing. I am a Tulip Time Guide who goes on the tour buses on the tours through town. I have to wear a Dutch Costume , including wooden shoes. We make wooden shoes here in Holland. Our High School marchinig band marches in wooden shoes. If you wear 5-6 pair of socks the wooden shoes aren't too bad. The Klompen dancers will be active during tulip time and alot of activity but not so many tulips this year.
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