Lake Superior. The name says it all. The view from the beach looks North East, 240 miles to Canada, bounded by gentle hills on either side, opening up from 14 miles wide at the beach. The beach at the fire hall access is very shallow, and warms up nicely. Warm being an awesome 65 degrees yesterday. That is quite the warmup when you realize the average Lake Superior temp is 42 degrees, year round.
We show up, we drop our gear on the barely populated beach, and we hit the water with boogie boards in tow. Usually there are not waves, but sometimes we get lucky. Alex is always the first one under water, I generally follow with a holler or two. Once in, it is quite pleasant. Alex is an underwater fish, I like to float about, often on both boards. We cruise out to deeper water, it takes about 20 feet to get to chin deep for the little guy. Then we are under, and up, across, and down. He has started climbing on the boards so I can tow him while he balances. He becomes a shark and chases me. He says, "Under water, now!" and down we go to sit for a bit. He is not a deep water swimmer yet, doesn't like being in over his head, but he can swim underwater and down beach for a long ways without touching. He loves it, and it is a joy to be with him out there. I have never been in the lake just swimming so much in my life, and it is good.
Swim season is likely ending. The nights are getting awfully darn cool. But when a North East wind blows that warmed up water from the 70-80 degree daytime temps, there is still a window of opportunity. Every time we have swam in last week, I think it is the last. And then the lake surprises me again. Kevin has gotten in on quite a few swims as well, and we've all gone together a time or two. The beach is our recent go-to activity, and is sure is a good one. Especially last evening, when Alex insisted we go after supper because the web said the lake was 65 degrees. Warmer than ever! The air temp was a bit down, but the setting sun made it all worth it. Especially watching Alex dive under with his little butt in the air, working it hard to get under that clear, clear water. His technique is far from perfect, but it works, and is oh-so-cute. The grins when he pops back up are priceless. Yes, the season may be about over, but it as been stellar while it lasted.
We are now truly addicted to the Fire Hall beach. 22nd street, to anyone living in the area. Lake Superior, thank you for a lovely end to a great summer. When the swim season is finally over and hypothermia water moves in, we will have no regrets for this year.
|Close enough to be considered a picture of "our" trail and beach. Park Point sunrise, Lake Superior.|