Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grand Haven State Park–Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

I went to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park one day while staying in Grand Haven.  I like some gardens, but I wasn’t sure about the sculpture park.  I’m not really into art.  But I enjoyed this Park!!  This Park is huge, it’s 132 acres and has 1000 volunteers. 

I first visited the indoor gardens and particularly enjoyed the Pitcher Plant Room.  I have always found carnivorous plants interesting. 

They also had many beautiful orchids -


Thirty or so years ago, I was camping and trying to take a picture of an armadillo but could not get a good picture.  The armadillo’s kept moving, so all my pictures were blurry.  So I rather enjoyed one of the first sculptures I saw.  (I eventually got some good pictures of armadillo’s)


After the indoor garden, I walked outside and decided I was going to like this place.

First Sculpture I saw, Mad Mom -

I think this was my favorite – Espaliered Girl.

Some of the sculptures were small, while others were huge.



Most of the sculptures I could understand or at least enjoy, but some of them are a bit bizarre.

When I first saw this, I thought it was some type of box for utilities.  Nope, it’s a sculpture called For J. W.


I didn’t really understand this next one either.  While I am sure many people appreciate it, it looked to me like some kids made it.

Woman and Bird -


I ended up walking about 5 miles around this park.  What a great place to spend a day.

One last sunset picture taken from Grand Haven State Park --


In case you can’t tell, it’s a reflection of the lighthouse and sunset in the rear window of my RV.

Grand Haven State Park, MI

Well, I thought I would catch up on my blog while in GA, but I have not touched it for several weeks!!  I am going to try to catch up during the next week.

After Lake Leelanau, Mi, I headed to Grand Haven State Park in Grand Haven, MI.  The State Park is on Lake Michigan, but the sites are very small.  I knew about this before making the reservations, but was still surprised.


The spots were basically wide enough for my RV and car.   Some of the RVs with slides didn’t have room for their car.  But as you can see, that is Lake Michigan behind my RV.  So small, paved site with a nice view.   The picture below was taken just a few feet from my campsite on a windy day. 

There is a nice board walk that led from town to the campground and on to the pier above.  I walked it several times most days. 

I enjoyed watching all kind of water sports from my site.

Wave Runner -

Surfers -

Another Surfer - Taken from the Pier, looking back at the campground and my RV.

Sailing at sunset-

Kite Boarding - grand_har_kite_boardingI also saw kayaks, and whatever it’s called when they stand on a surf-like board and paddle. 

And one more sunset picture -

One day, I drove into Grand Rapids and went to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.  I enjoyed it so much that I am going to blog about it next.