Wilderness Sabbatical: My Saturday Excursion

I woke up at 8:00 AM this past Saturday, and I quickly realized I had nothing to do. I had homework, of course, but I have a personal rule of never doing homework on Saturdays, so I hopped in the shower and rode my bike down to the local Farmers Market.

I expected the trip to take about an hour, but when I was riding back, I realized it had only been 45 minutes since I woke up. I started to get anxious, “What am I going to do, It’s only 8:45?” I thought to myself.

I looked down at my phone to change the song that was playing, I looked up, I looked down at my bike, and I saw the light. “I’ll ride my bike to Holland State Park!” I mentally shouted. I rode home as fast as I could and I grabbed my camera, my PlayStation Vita and of course my wallet and I was on my way.

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I rode down to CVS and grabbed some candy and an Arnold Palmer, and my next stop was Howard B. Dunton park on Douglas on the shore of Lake Macatawa. I drank my drink, blasted Anamanaguchi, and cleared four missions in Velocity Ultra.

After a couple of hours I decided it was high time to get back on my way to the State Park, so I snapped a couple pictures and I was back on my way. Just past the Holland Airport, I saw a really cool looking house, so I stopped to take a few pictures of it.

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I turned around to get back on my bike, and I noticed that there was a bridge over a tiny creek leading to a trail. I rode my bike forward and discovered one of the coolest trails I’ve ever ridden on. Luckily, the path went in the direction of the State Park, so when I came out at the end, I was even closer to my destination.

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Ten minutes later, I had finally made it. I walked out to the end of the pier and got some of the best pictures I’ve taken since I got my camera. After taking more pictures than I could ever count, I checked my watch and realized it was almost 4:00 PM. I hopped back on my bike and traveled home.

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As many fun things that there are to do on Hope’s campus, sometimes it can be fun to do some things in the surrounding area. Holland is a beautiful, and relatively safe area, so the boundaries of where you can go are practically endless. Even though my legs are definitely telling me not to explore so far every day, I can’t wait until the next time I get a completely open day to go on another adventure.

Published by Jimmy

My name is Jimmy, and I'm a Junior here at Hope. I'm a Communications Major, and I hope to write for the website IGN.com after I graduate. When I'm not in class, I co-edit the Arts section for Hope's newspaper, The Anchor, and I participate in Hope Student Blogging as well. In my free time, I run the website RandomHavok.com, and I curate my own personal site, JimmyChampane.com. I also love music and playing video games with my friends.

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