Friday, November 16, 2012

The Lake


A few days ago, I showed you some highlights from "the cottage," otherwise known as my parents' house. No look at the cottage would be complete without a look at the lake.

Last weekend, my husband, the kids and I took a walk down the beach, as I used to do as a child myself. Part of the beach is blocked by rocks that people have poured over the cliff to act as retaining walls. I loved to climb those rocks as a kid. I don't mind now, except I found myself without appropriate footwear this time! Slippery boots are not the best option.

Lake Erie is not a gentle lake. Many people have drowned in it. My mom even saw a body floating ashore when we were kids. In the wintertime, the lake takes away several feet of land and trees each year. My mom's friend recalls a time when there were farmers' fields out over the part of the lake that I swam in as a child.






I was surprised to see my son helping his younger sister navigate the rocks by leading her with a stick. He even wrapped his arm around her a couple of times. I had to capture those rare moments of sibling bliss on camera!



 
 

I love beaches, rocky or sandy. Why? Because they occupy the kids. My daughter usually says she has to go to the bathroom, or that she is hungry, about two seconds after we reach the beach, but on this particular day she was surprisingly content.


My son doesn't really like to have his picture taken. That's why the girl dominates the pictures.


 





We decided not to brave the rocks again on our way back to the cottage, so we headed up to the road through this area.



We saw these guys. There must have been a motorcycle event in town, because we saw a bunch of motorcycles at the gas station later.



We also saw these adorable guys. I think they came over looking for a snack. Sorry, dudes, we weren't prepared for you. It made me wish I had picked up one of those fallen apples on the beach.

And did you know you have a leaf stuck in your bangs, buddy?


Linking up with Happy Hooligans. Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Amazing Place! Love the Pictures ,look at this is like a little Vacation ,thank you for Sharing!

    Have a great Weekend xoxo :)

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    1. You are so right. It's like a little vacation. Getting back in touch with nature. :)

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  2. Wow, how beautiful.. For having such a dark past, the water sure seems peaceful. Very deceptive, I suppose.

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    1. It certainly sounds peaceful. I love the gentle crash of waves on the shore at night. :)

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  3. What a beautiful place to explore & your photos are incredible. Thanks for adding this to the outdoor play link up. Kierna

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    1. Thanks so much! The outdoor play link up is such a fun idea.

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  4. Gorgeous pictures {& fantastic job capturing those rare moments of sibling camaraderie -- take it from me, it won't come any more often when they get older...sigh. Sorry, we are currently in the midst of sibling hostilities between 2 & 3... there are cold war overtones in our house at the moment }. Are those crab apples in that one pic?

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    1. I can hear my two bickering as I type. That's when I call out "bedtime." They are lucky I'm tied to the computer or they would have been in bed a long time ago. ;) Sorry your two are not getting along. It will probably pass...when they're 30.

      I believe they are crab apples, although they look a bit bigger than what I would expect. I'm no apple expert though.

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  5. What lovely pictures - and interesting how the lake is eating into the land. In Cornwall (SW England) we have the same issues from the sea - people don't respect it's strength! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! J9x

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    1. I can imagine what the sea must do! It must be gorgeous there though! :)

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  6. How incredibly lovely! I have such a fondness for the great lakes. They feel more like the ocean than like lakes, don't they? Hope you had a wonderful time!

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    1. That's true Heather. They do have an ocean feel to them. :)

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  7. These photos are beautiful. Despite the lakes potential danger it's quite breathtaking! You're lucky to have lived in walking distance!

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    1. Yes, although when I was a teenager, I would have rather stayed in the city on weekends. I went to the cottage against my will. ;)

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  8. So beautiful, I love the Great Lakes. It always amazes me how much they resemble the ocean, must have been a wonderful place to grow up!

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  9. Very cool. I lived on the shore of Lake Michigan when I was younger. I remember the crazy rocky beach, how cold it was in the winter, and collecting 'glass rocks'

    I hope Ruby still lets me take pictures of her when she is your daughters age :)

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