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DAY 24: GRAND RAPIDS, MI TO SOUTH BEND, IN

The twenty-fourth day commenced in Grand Rapids, MI. We then traveled to the coast of Lake Michigan and stopped in Grand Haven. Grand Haven is known as “Coast Guard City USA” because it was the first city to be designated a “Coast Guard City” in 1998 by Congress. We saw a classic El Camino and there was a little dog sitting in the owner’s lap. Then we charged up at an Electrify America station and there was a man with his dog in his I.D. 4. And In this area there were owners bringing their dogs with them in the car. Maple Hills VW were all thumbs up with the I.D. 4. In West Olive, MI, we checked out Reenders Blueberry Farm. This area is full of blueberry farms and we stopped by this one. We were curious to see how they farmed the berries. They use the machine to gather the blueberries and they have to go through three times over before they are good to go. We saw an old-fashioned steam engine train that had been placed at the roadside as a nice piece of history. As we drove through the countryside, we saw a great view of the road and a nice tree. We travelled down a few gravel roads. The scenery looks amazing with the drone shots. I very few parts of our tour we drive on these gravel roads. We stopped near Cassopolis, MI. There were these huge grain silos we stopped by.  There was a small old-style schoolhouse called Geneva Schoolhouse. It was built in 1898 and we got to shoot a nice sunset photo. After arriving in Indiana, our last stop would be Notre Dame University In South Bend. Notre Dame is a private Catholic research university. We also grabbed some magnificent photos next to the famous golden dome. The statue of Mary atop the Golden Dome is 18 feet and 7 inches tall and weighs 4,400 pounds.

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