I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!
By: JanesVacation , 3:03 PM GMT on March 01, 2009
So, March has arrived and the snow is melting here. This morning it is 14F and there are flurries in the air. A brisk wind today will make it feel much colder.
Karen asked me to post some pictures from my walk this weekend. I have to laugh because they look like I live in a frozen, barren world on some lonely planet. The lonely planet thing is fairly accurate this time of year. We bustle in the summer with cars, boats, hikers and bicyclers. But, yesterday while walking I barely saw a single car and there were no other walkers. I had one neighbor drive by and roll down their window to say that they were enjoying the sunshine. He rolled it up quickly and then drove on home!
This is our driveway - it is gravel, lined with dune grass and trees. You can still see just a tiny bit of ice on the shaded side. At least I can wear my tennis shoes now!
The main road that leads to the Lake Michigan beach access. The bike/hiker path is the narrow sidewalk to the left. I chose to walk on the road because farther down the path was covered in snow and ice and I didn't want to have to walk over that small snowbank and get my shoes into the snow. (Snow melts when it gets inside of your warm shoe.)
The reward for a cold walk is the beautiful lakeshore. this picture was taken looking north. You can see the ice is beginning to break up. Blue, open water can be seen to the left side of the picture and to the right are the majestic sand dunes that line the entire west coast of Michigan. There are homes all along the tops of the dunes and most have staircases to walk down to the edge of the lake. The staircases are useful to make the walk easier, but also to protect the fragile dunes from erosion. the brown grass is 'dune grass", just like we have growing along our driveway and all around our home. It grows freely in the dry loose sand. It also has a very complex, shallow root system that holds the sand in place and prevents further erosion. It will soon perk up and shoot out new, green growth and last years brown will matte down and disappear.
Here is the lake as it looks today...the ice is breaking up. Hopefully the summer fun will return! It will be a long time until I see anyone swimming here, though. It will likely take until July for the water to reach 70F.
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