A Longboard, a Backpack, And a 62 Mile Adventure

Now that I am back at school, everyone is asking, “What did you do on Fall Break?” I answer with the simple answer, “I longboarded 62 miles over break with a backpack and some Bros.”

Here are my friends that I went longboarding with over Fall Break
Here are my friends that I went longboarding with over Fall Break.


And that I did.

DAY 1: We started in the Beautiful town of Holland, Michigan. We left straight from Hope on a rainy Saturday. The weather eventually got better…it starting hailing. Myself, I preferred the hail over the rain because the hail didn’t make me wet. We stopped in Saugatuck for lunch at a Coffee Shop called “Common Grounds.” Then we headed on our way to South Haven. We made it there by 5pm and stopped by the infamous Subway. I don’t know which I appreciated more, the food or the dry building. Before the trip, we planned  to camp at places so we brought our hammocks and sleeping bags…well we were wet. Outside it was wet….SO, lucky one of the people on the trip knew someone in South Haven, so we camped out in a dry condo instead. We did 31 miles that day and rested for the next 31 miles ahead of us.

DAY 2: We awoke. Some to sore muscles and others to small pains…but we were ready for day 2. It was time to “Push.” We left South Haven and made our way to St. Josephs. The weather was much different than the previous day. It was sunny and nice, but rather windy, with the wind against us the whole time. We rode along the hilly Blue Star Highway which was along the shore the whole time. We stopped every once in while and refueled Around 5pm, we reached St. Joseph and thus made it to our final destination: one of the guys on the trip’s house. We made it. We had another 31 miles under our belt.

The adventure came to an end the next day as the mother of the house that we stayed at offered to drive us back home to Holland. After the accomplishment of 62 miles and the soreness to prove it, we weren’t going to say “No.”

What a trip. What a break. 62 miles altogether. It was fun. Everything was not always ideal, but that is what made this adventure….adventuresome.

Published by John Luke Hawkins

My name is John Luke Hawkins and I am a sophomore at Hope. I am from the small agriculture town of Tipton, Indiana. I love my new Home sweet Hope. Currently, I double majoring in Communications and Religion. When I am not doing homework (too often), I might be working one of my jobs as a Library Worker, Overnight Host, or Student Blogger. If I am not doing homework or work, I am probably doing something with my numerous organizations that I am involved in such as Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, Intramurals, Nykerk, and a small group. If I come up with free time amongst all that, then I like to run, free dance, self-reflect, go on adventures, and spend time with friends. Hope College has really helped me discover who I am. Here it is in seven words: energetic, organized, contemplative, determined, silly, social, and intentional.

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