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Monday, June 09, 2008

Finally, it's Opening Day!

We in New England have something that people in other parts of the country are totally jealous of. We have town lakes. With public beaches. Open all summer long, our town lake isn't really a lake, it's more of a big pond, but it's cool and the water is refreshing and you see everyone you know there.

This year our city has added a lot of new beachfront with the purchase of another lot of land with a burned out hulk of a mansion. The mansion was taken down, but now we have a nice chunk of brand new beachfront. Just in time for our first horrid heatwave of the summer.

We have town pools, and plenty of private swim clubs, but to me, the lake is the place to be. The water is a bit funky sometimes, and sometimes the beach is so packed that you can barely fit in the water, but it's the spot for kids to just go nuts. There are docks to swim out to, and plenty of places to get a bit crazy without getting dangerous. Plenty of lifeguards to watch over you, and for teenagers to watch over.

I like having a spot my kids can walk to if they want. And I like having a spot where I know they'll be safe, where there are bathrooms and showers and lockers. The only think I don't like is that chairs are not allowed. I never got why, but they're not.

Our little lake not only has a beach, but it is stocked with trout for fishing (and nibbling toes), and has a launch for kayaks and canoes. No outboards allowed. It's a great place for a family to hang out and keep cool on days like today. In fact, we might just mosey on over there a bit later, when it's not so hot out.

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Blogger Candid Engineer said...

Sounds great to me. Weird that no chairs are allowed, though. I'd love to take out a kayak and hop in the water when I'm done! Cheers from NCLM!

10/6/08 3:22 PM  
Blogger My name is Andy. said...

Looks lik eyou had fun!!

10/6/08 4:14 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Great place! We had a "lake" like this when we lived closer to Green Bay. The kids loved it.

10/6/08 6:59 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

OH Margalit that's just one more thing I miss from home. We spent many a weekend at Lincoln Woods in Licoln, RI. Swimming with the fish, which is awesome when your little. God we used to have such good times. Thanks for writing that post - now I have my thoughts to keep me occupied for the rest of the afternoon.

11/6/08 1:32 PM  
Blogger Dreams Come True said...

That looks like a truly great place to spend the summer!! Being able to kayak and swim all in the same place, just awesome!

11/6/08 3:46 PM  

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