Just something about the lake

Many Lakes area residents and visitors have chosen this region because of our beautiful lakes. Some have landed here because they love boating. Some because they enjoy the lake views out the windows of their homes. Some because they enjoy sailing or windsurfing or parasailing or diving. I chose the Lakes because of their beaches. I like to spend as much time on the beaches as possible.

But I’m no bikini beauty. You’ll usually find me fully clothed, dipping my toes in the water, and venturing just far enough to keep the pants dry. While many beach goers leave their visits to the summer months, I go year-round. I may have been the only one with her toes in the sand this past November and the first to dare a beach walk early this spring.

It’s a craving. I want to feel the sand between my toes, the water crashing at my ankles, and the mist of the lake water on my face during a windy day. It relaxes me, invigorates me, and reminds me that there are good things in life even on the most difficult days. There’s just something about a beach.

I’m assuming those who boat, sail or surf have a similar craving for the feel of the water and the emotions that come with it. I’ve tried to pinpoint just what it is that makes a visit to the lake so special. Maybe it’s the relaxation. Or the sense of being part of something far larger than myself. Or maybe just the feel of the water.

I’m not exactly sure, but I do know that there’s just something about the lake.