foto friday: first lake outing of the summer
We have a few little lakes around here and, come summer, they’re buzzing with people and dogs. This week we hit our first 90 F day and I thought I’d beat the crowd to the lake by going on on a weekday and early on in the day. I knew I could find some shade and look over the water while laying out and intermittently reading my book. Unfortunately, T. has no such luxury of summer days off since he works in a lab, so I packed my things and headed out for the lake by myself. Well, I wasn’t alone once I got there. Apparently, everyone in town had the same idea on that first hot day and the lake side ‘beach’ was packed. Kids, dogs, adults, college students… everyone was out to play.
Fortunately, most people were looking to get some sun, so I had my desired spot in the shade. I debut my maternity swim suit, read my book on childbirthing, people watched, and soaked in the fresh air and sun. It felt wonderful.
The outdoor city pool hasn’t opened for summer yet and once it does, it’s likely that the lake might quiet down a bit. Although I prefer the serenity that comes with looking at a natural body of water surrounded by foliage and trees, I think I might opt for the pool because it’s within bikeable distance from me (an ever shrinking radius these days) and I’d much prefer to soak up the sun and excercise on my way there than drive a couple of miles outside of town on unpaved gravel roads for each trip to the water (although I’m not ruling it out completely, since there is something so wonderful about a lake that no pool can replicate).
See? I’m finding more and more things I appreciate about this small, rural area of mine. Lovely lakes, a recently built outdoor city pool, the world’s largest concrete garden gnome, access to paved bike trails and one of the world’s largest pedestrian bridges – (we’re all about setting records here) – and a kickass dollar theater. I have a feeling that this summer is going to be good. Happy Friday, everyone!