Camaraderie through camping

Becky Vargo • Jul 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Camping buddies Carol Lubbers of Hudsonville and Nancy McDonald of Grand Rapids say they blame their mothers, Harriet and Elsie, for their long-term love affair with camping in Grand Haven.

“We’ve been coming here (Grand Haven State Park) since we were 5 years old,” Lubbers said. “Nancy stayed in a tent and we stayed in a big trailer because my dad sold them.”

The women, now in their 70s, said they didn’t know each other initially, but over time have grown to be good friends and camp next door to each other whenever they can. 

“We used to have spots up by the water with a view, but we’re not so good with the internet and the system they have now,” Lubbers said, explaining why they were sitting in folding chairs next to the boardwalk. “We’re way in the back now.”

The two families have worked through a variety of campers including trailers, fifth-wheels, motor homes and now back to trailers again.

And they always come to Grand Haven for the Coast Guard Festival.

“We do all the events — fireworks, parade, craft show,” McDonald said.

“And we’re going to the American Legion for dinner tonight and on Tuesday for the Scottville Clown Band,” Lubbers said Monday.

“We enjoy it,” McDonald said, explaining why they come to Grand Haven.

“We like to come here with our grandchildren, too,” Lubbers added.

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