It’s a blog-entry casserole today as I kinda catch things up.
We’re still in Zeeland, MI - at the campground we ended our first year at and also went to first thing after our house sold last year. The staff remembers us, welcomed us back, and the campground is nicely positioned for visits to downtown Holland & Zeeland, close to our home church, doctors, etc. Unfortunately the park is also populated with Cottonwood trees which affect our allergies something fierce. This will probably be our last stay here for that reason - we are all moving slower and just not as productive or active as we typically are.
During our time here so far we’ve enjoyed Thursday night street performers and the Farmer’s Market in Holland. We had friends in the park for a couple of days - the Perry Family that we first met while camphosting in Arizona were swinging through Michigan (state 50 for the parents!) and came to our campground. The kids all have a great bond - one you don’t often see between between kids with that number of years between them. I don’t have any pictures of the adults - but suffice to say between a couple of outings for fresh produce and ice cream we mainly just sat outside in the perfect Michigan weather and talked.
I also had a long weekend trip to Pittsburgh for a weekend residency at the Saxifrage School - a startup school looking to offer lower cost and more applicable higher education. With a couple of teens starting to eye the college scene the idea of something that doesn’t end up with them being thousands of dollars in debt for a useless degree is encouraging. I enjoyed Pittsburgh more than I thought I would - while it shows signs of post-steel era decay there is a healthy population of younger families moving there with the intent to make a difference. The houses were interesting to look at - I have never seen more turrets and dormers and would actually be curious to learn more about the construction methods used when these homes were built. The amount of orate trimwork is amazing and I’d love to see how that all was produced.
We’re also starting to scheme up what “Phase 3” of this post-suburban RV adventure might look like. I’ve some ideas for how to change it up that are proving quite interesting to think about. But I won’t say too much here until more direction is determined….