Reverb Broads: Loving Water in the Midwest Ain’t Easy

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads12 prompt for June 26. #reverbbroads12 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 30 days of June. The June 26 prompt, courtesy of Amy, is: “What is your relationship with water? (thunderstorms, lakes, rivers, swimming, boating, sprinklers, etc.) Is it good or bad? What do you think caused this?”

I meant to post this yesterday, but my day got away from me — of course, it’s not as if I’ve been the best blogger or Reverb Broads participant around lately, but as I’ve said before, that’s okay. This prompt came at a good time, though, as I’m a little over a week away from our annual trip to Door County, Wisconsin — a trip that is primarily undertaken to fulfill my need to spend some time near what I call water with a horizon.

I’m not sure where it comes from, but I have always loved the ocean — as a kid, I would stay in the cold waters of the Atlantic until my lips turned blue, swearing to my mother that I really wasn’t cold and didn’t need to come in. Growing up and going to grad school on the east coast, I was never more than 2 hours away from the beach. Even moving to Texas meant that the Gulf was only a couple of hours away — we could easily head to Galveston or Corpus Christi for a weekend if the need to be near the sea struck.

Then we moved to Kansas City five years ago. Don’t get me wrong — there are lots of things I love about Kansas City. BUT. There. Is. No. Water. We occasionally head to Lake Jacomo in the summer, but it’s small, there’s no horizon, and after mid-July or so, the water temperature resembles a bath. Gross.

So……two years ago, we decided it was time to go to the water. It needed to be driving distance, which in KC means either the Great Lakes or the Gulf Coast (I didn’t say it was a short drive, but that’s way closer than the east or west coasts). We settled on Door County, because it resembles New England, and it’s cool, even in the summer. And, as you can see, it’s gorgeous:

Sunset, Eagle Harbor, Ephraim, WI

Lake Michigan, Whitefish Dunes State Park

Lake Michigan, Whitefish Dunes State Park


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