The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chasing the Sunset

I got out to the lake yesterday in time to see the sun balance on the lake for a moment before extinguishing itself.

The waves were gently curling onto the sandy beach, grumbling and rumbling.

This week I read a report about how much industrial waste is legally dumped into the Great Lakes yearly. In 2007, it was 460 million pounds.

Maybe it's time we pulled back on that and worked toward protecting our lakes.

Hey, over 40 million people get their drinking water from the lakes, so maybe that, alone, is reason enough to tighten up regulations.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach

It feels strange to NOT be walking the shoreline of Lake Michigan with the weather warming and the trees slowly pushing out new leaves. Around this time a year ago, I had already walked 175 miles of the lakeshore from Chicago up to Grand Haven, Michigan.

If you're looking for beautiful beaches to visit this summer, you can't do better than the western shore of Michigan. The prevailing winds and waves have taken the hard work done by glaciers and graced the edge of the state with sandy beaches and, at times, wind-lofted-and-sculpted dunes.