Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Great Lake, really!

We spent the last few days at a beautiful little campground in southwest Michigan. We met some friends and their children there and the fun began. Five little boys, a campground, bugs, a playground, sticks, and a beach. A boy haven.

Very happy about finding a real, wild stick bug.

Got a not so black, blackberry!

Boogie boarding, the fun way!

For the first time I really grasped how "great" the Great Lakes are. I grew up spending summers in Lakeport, CA on Clear Lake. I could see Mt. Konocti, which was the other side of the lake, from my grandmother's porch. When you go to a lake, you should be able to see the other side right? Well, not so much with a "great" lake. It was like spending time at the ocean. The view was endless. The sun just sunk into the water. The beaches were beautiful. The sand was soft. The waves were just the right size. The water was cool, but not cold. It was a child's paradise. We could walk out 40 or 50 yards into the water and still touch the bottom. I found out that Lake Michigan is the 5th largest lake in the world. It is 307 miles long and 118 wide and has 1,640 miles of shoreline. No wonder it feels like another world.

Walking down to our beach.

The view to the south.

Teaching the little one about skipping rocks at sunset.

Square castle at sunset.

The gift of another day ends beautifully.

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