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Oh the summer life
It’s time to greet the water’s waves with boats, and skim boards, and all things floats, and with our arms to splash hello, and swim. Okay—the water may not be warm enough yet for swimming (early June as I write this). It certainly beckons sunbathing and beachcombing and I enjoy many walks on the shore to gather beach glass. Summer will bring out our annual camping trip on South Manitou, a few sails on Grand Traverse Bay, and speed boat (not so fast really) rides on my brother’s boat. And kayaks, and canoeing, and there will be fishing for bass for my husband to enjoy. I am sure there will be a few fish dinners.
We’ll have an abundance of local fruits and veggies available at all the area farmers markets to enjoy. Cherries will ripen, but first our rosy strawberries. We will have many things to keep us busy and our grills will be busy too.
Time to celebrate our Dads, Fathers, and father figures with June’s Fathers Day and we have a few dad-related stories in this issue, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is part of the celebration for our country’s National Parks 100 year anniversary. There are many events to attend and we feature some of them on page 6. I have many memories of climbing the dunes with friends, family, and classmates, and the joyfulness of tumbling down. Now when I visit I may not always climb up, however I just love watching the children and kids at heart run down. Those smiles are just so big.
I hope you find something new to try this summer. Maybe you will get an idea from looking through our Summer Fun Issue. Thanks for reading Families First Monthly.
Laura Lee Kalchik