This month’s cover photo reminds me of the nearly endless number of ways we can enjoy our beautiful Lake Michigan. We certainly are blessed to live here in the “Belle City of the Lakes.”
I get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I read the 1876 description below, Why “Belle City” Magazine?
In a related sentiment, I learned a new vocabulary word this month when I read Margo Drummond’s Racinian to Remember story about Lucas Bradley (Page 8). “During a visit to Wisconsin in 1843, Bradley discovered what he described as the ‘salubrious atmosphere’ in Racine, where he chose to remain for the next 45 years.”
Carl and I spend a lot of time at the lake, enjoying a variety of activities.
We love to take walks, but need to define before we leave the house whether it will be a beach walk or a path walk to determine the proper footwear.
We decided sometime during the Polar Vortex that we would make a point to jump in the lake at least once a month during the summer. With the cool spring, we did manage to take our first dip on June 29. At the time of this writing our July dip is still pending.
The lake provides a wonderful backdrop to enjoy live music and there are plenty of opportunities. Our favorites are the Sunday evening performances of the Racine Concert Band and the Animal Crackers series at the zoo, as well as the bands that perform at Smoke’d on the Water.
We also make regular visits to Samuel Myers Park and the Wind Point Lighthouse.
We love to watch the boats coming in and out of the harbor either from the vantage point of the platform at the end of the Christopher Columbus Parkway or from a bench at the Underground Railroad monument.
And if you’re a boater (or know a boater) or fisherperson (is that a word?), you have even more options.
Regardless, please take some time to enjoy our lake now that you know it’s important for your health!