Summers by the Lake

August 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

          Summer vacation is over for most of the young people around here.  This time of year always brings back good memories for me of times past with the family during our summer vacations. 

Growing up we lived only thirty miles from Lake Michigan.  Mother would take us to the lake every summer and, sometimes, in the winter.  Saugatuck, Michigan was one of our favorite places to go.  It has a large sand hill you can climb up to the top via stairs and then run down all the way to the beach.  When we finished exhausting ourselves climbing the stairs and running back down, we would collect sea shells and make giant sand castles.  For us, Lake Michigan seemed more like an ocean than a lake.

          We not only visited the beach in the summer, but we would also go camping up north in a town called Cadillac, Michigan.  It was just east of Traverse City, Michigan and had two lakes with a state park in the middle.  Grandpa would pull the trailer up, with his boat tied to the top of the old Fury, and we would camp for a week there.  

          Cadillac holds many great memories for me.  Waking up to the smell of bacon and eggs every morning, fishing with Grandpa on the lake, watching the meteor shower with my sister and Uncle Bob late into the night, and feeding the chipmunks who would climb right into our hands to shove the peanuts into their cheeks.  

          On occasion, we would take a day trip from Cadillac up to Mackinaw Island.  It’s an island in-between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan that has a beautiful, historic downtown with some of the best fudge in the world.  There are no cars on the island and you can only get there by boat, so bikes are the primary mode of transportation (along with a few horses).   The movie ‘Somewhere in Time’ was filmed at the Grand Hotel on the island.

          Closer to home, our Uncle Bob would take us to the lake in his red, convertible Dodge Dart.  He would play his 8-track of the Doobie Brothers and we would sit up on the back seat with our hands in the air on the way down those dirt roads to Dumont Lake.  Now, that was fun…

          My sister and I would visit Dad at his cabin on the lake for two weeks every summer, too.  Dad had a great boat that he would take us all over the lake with along with waterskiing, fishing, snorkeling, and just sitting out on his patio enjoying a sunset together.

I guess, nearly every summer vacation was spent somewhere by the water growing up.  Lake Michigan, Dumont Lake, Little John Lake, and Dad’s place.  Looking back, I consider myself blessed in many ways.  Kids today don’t all have a chance to do a lot of what we did.  We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had a lot of fun. 

So, tonight, here’s to enjoying one more weekend of summer and creating some memories.   And, here’s to all those who made those summers growing up special too...  

 

Love always friend,

 

Brad

 


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