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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Side Trip to Holland

I drove to Holland, Michigan today and had a delightful time. I came on the Odyssey to learn about myself, and I'm learning I can travel just fine all my myself - as long as you are along. I've been told I see the sights when I travel through a camera lens. It's not totally accurate, but I certainly record the trip!

A 225-year-old windmill imported from
Holland, still working.
I went to the top (well, as far as they let people go) of the windmill with a couple from Kentucky and another from Michigan. We visited a while, waiting for the dancers to come out. At the windmill, all four dancers were girls, though two were dressed as boys. At the Dutch Village later, they did have boys. The dancers were quite impressive, especially doing it all in those wooden shoes!

Watch out for flying wooden shoes!
He's not fishing. (He's not real, so of course he's not!)
He's lowering the wooden shoe for the payment
of passage under the bridge.
The young woman who led the tour I took of the windmill was excellent! She's been working there four years, since she was a sophomore in high school and now is a sophomore in college. She certainly knows the windmill! The miller ("she") is a part-time job - only two days this summer have been conducive to milling with a steady wind, not gusty. They've ground three batches (rather large batches!) of flour. But since the miller job is part-time, she also is the wedding planner, and they've been busy with weddings, and that's part of the reason for the low yield of flour this summer. Funny!

When I got to the windmill site, they offered a combination ticket covering the Dutch Village as well. When I first got to the village (after getting lost because I lost the map they gave me) I thought it was going to be a disappointment, but it certainly wasn't. It was the best part of the day, and I highly recommend both parts of the day. Then I wandered down 8th street downtown in Holland and came back to Grand Rapids.

All those pictures? You can see them at this link!

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At 10:14 PM , Blogger Susan said...

A lovely photo journal, thanks for sharing Barbara.


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