715 Washington Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Having grown up in the Lake Michigan shoreline city of Muskegon, I am intimately acquainted with the weather patterns along the "Big Lake," as we locals call it. The month of March, for example, often brings deceptively sunny days that to the indoor observer seem springlike and warm, while in reality the sharp breezes off the still-icy lake will make your cheeks red and bring tears to your eyes. At this time of year, dirty remnants of snow plow banks are still sometimes as high as a three-year-old child. Imagine my incredulity this past March 20, when on a visit to the town of Grand Haven, a short drive down the lakeshore from Muskegon, I observed no ice on the lake and no remains of snow. Instead the beach was miraculously crowded with what? Sun bathers? Had I somehow been transported a few months into the future?