Summertime on Lake Superior

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Tonia 4 Comments

This summer has been extremely busy for us, between work and family events and just trying to keep up with the garden and all our projects around the homestead. But every chance we get, we head to the beach to relax and play- usually with the dogs and with friends.

We have a time-share on a beautiful 25′ sailboat with some friends, and we’ve really been enjoying learning how to sail {it’s been on our bucket list for years. When you live on Lake Superior, you need to know how to sail. It’d be like living in Vail, CO and never going skiing!}

On calm days, it’s fun to put her on autopilot and just zone out, letting the waves rock you into a little nap. On windy days, she gives you an exhilarating ride that awakens your senses and makes you feel {lucky to be} alive. We’re so lucky to learn on such a big, safe boat. She’s made to be seafaring, so she can definitely handle anything the lake throws at ‘er.

But small boats have their perks, too. Our neighbor’s father built him a little sailboat as a college graduation gift. She’s light enough to haul behind the truck to the beach {read: doesn’t need to be docked at a marina all summer} but big enough to carry a few friends and a few cases of beer. Pre-tty nice!

We haven’t taken the dogs on the boat with us yet, but Charlie does enjoy riding the stand-up paddle baord with me!

Hooray, hooray, hooray for this gorgeous body of fresh water that we’re so blessed to live right next to. Hooray for the waves of cold, prickling water that wash over you, healing and calming your body and mind. Hooray for boats, dogs, beer, friends. And hooray for the occasional opportunity to forget about the To-Do list and just plaaaay.


  1. Terry says:

    And “Hooray!” for counting your blessings! 😉

  2. Kristin says:

    Hey Tonia!

    I just want to thank you (for probably the 13th time) for posting such wonderful things on this site. I can’t even tell you how much joy I get from scrolling through your entries, jealously lusting after your life back in the northwoods. Painful as it is, getting such wonderful reminders of home from ittybittyimpact makes living abroad just a little bit easier! Lots of love from the ‘pines, and thanks again! :)

  3. Tonia says:

    Thanks for the sweet note, Kristin!! I’m happy I can provide you with some images of home. Miss you and love you, lady! Hope our paths cross soon.

  4. Marc says:

    Looks like great fun. I want to try a paddle board now!

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