School is (finally) out in Philadelphia, and we’re about to head for the shore. There’s nothing I like better than long, slow summer days at the beach. Biking to the ice cream shop, playing catch, collecting rocks and shells, and falling asleep at night with the sound of the surf fresh in our ears.
My boys love it too. They can literally amuse themselves on the beach all. day. long. Granted, much of this time is spent in the water boogie-boarding and testing the limits of both mom and the lifeguards…but I love that they love it. It reminds me of how I grew up, of home.
The beaches in Marquette, MI, my hometown, are something special. The Lake Superior water is crystal clear (you can see the bottom to such depths that it’s creepy), the sand is soft, clean, and most of the time you can find a stretch of beach that’s deserted. Growing up, my summer days were also filled with biking to the ice cream shop, collecting rocks, and swimming for hours on end. (Granted, you can’t surf Lake Superior from the shore….but you can surf.)
Later in the summer, we’ll go home to Michigan. We’ll go home to do some stand-up paddle-boarding on the lake, have some long, outdoor dinners that take full advantage of the 11PM sunset, and, naturally, a few beach days. With beer.
Keep reading for a few pics from our Memorial Day summer kick-off in Marquette, as well as the two one-piece swimsuits my sister and I will be rocking all summer. (Mine’s cheeky – and wasn’t nearly as scary to wear as I thought it might be.)