This is new.
My first visit to Pentwater was in 1973. While the town is still small, quaint and charming as it was back then, there have been many changes over the years.
Each year, when we arrive, we look to see what has changed. Sometimes places which we had thought would be there forever, such as the Art Mart, Gustafson’s Gifts, and the movie theater, had closed and now exist only as memories in our minds.
Other years, the change was something new and exciting. Like the Hart-Montague Bike Trail or the promenade along the channel and Channel Lane Park. This year, the new thing in Pentwater is shown in the featured photo.
Do you know what it is?
Yes, it is a picnic bench on the beach. It is ADA compliant as there is a level space where a wheelchair can roll up to the table. There is an umbrella for shade.
But wait, there’s more.
On the top of the umbrella are solar panels. At the base of the umbrella is a charging station. There are numerous USB ports as well as two areas to place a cell phone for wireless charging.
I guess the days of going to the beach to unplug are over. Although, for some who grew up with cell phones and all the other computer devices, those days may have never really started.
Would you use it?
Would you charge your cell phone or tablet at the beach?
Now, as much as I love blogging, you won’t see me sitting at this bench with the Chromebook plugged in creating my latest, fascinating post.
Nope, I’ll be with my family. Talking, laughing, playing games and pickleball, competing in putt putt, bike riding, and whatever else comes to be. I’ll blog a bit, but I know you’ll all understand. I dial it back when I’m in Pentwater. I don’t want to miss a moment of real.
There’s one other reason why I wouldn’t use it. Our phones and Chromebook get charged every night in our travel trailer. So for me personally, I don’t need it. But, I am sure others do. How many? It will be interesting to see how much this beach charging station will be used.
Some may see this new addition on the beach and debate whether it’s a step forward or back. What do you think?
In any case, it is here, and you could say a solar charging station at the beach is the wave of things to come.