“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
Saugatuck in spring at better times (this was around the same year my wife and I got married there).
Saugatuck in spring at better times (this was around the same year my wife and I got married there).
Image: by reddit user bstockz (https://www.reddit.com/r/djimavic/comments/68jnhz/saugatuck_michigan/)

Took both cars out for a Sunday drive yesterday. We figured it was a good time to stretch their legs while doing the contactless grocery pick-up and getting them washed and the tanks topped off for sitting another week or two.

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We went for a drive down to Saugatuck (one town over) with each of them and found it to be completely deserted on a nice sunny Sunday in April. It was surreal. I expected it to be at least a little busy with people going for walks, but no. It was a stark reminder of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on a big part of the West Michigan economy.

I remember well the two articles from HoustonRunner from last year: Saugatuck MI DOTS and Oppo on the Saugatuck Dune Tour.

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I am in the lucky position to work for a great family-owned company in a field of business that, despite having cycles like any business, is pretty much recession-proof and actually doing well right now. It is still scary to see the impact on the local economy and what that means for Holland/Saugatuck for the next few years.

Our staple annual festival has been cancelled with a huge economic impact and serious threat to the future of the event, since it is self-financed and keeps running for each year from the income from the previous year.

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