So, the project officially ended and the relief was palpable. I didn’t pick up the camera for a whole week. Well, I picked it up, had a couple of good intentions and ended up paving the road to Hell with them.
And so this is where I pick up now… A trip to Indiana Dunes yesterday with the spousal unit and the kids. Oh my goodness, it was hot, Hot, HOT! (The shot above is actually 3 photos merged together to create a nice panorama of the shore where we sat. It’s the first time I have actually attempted it, and I must say, I am quite happy with the result!) The sand was scorching, the sun Muy caliente but the lake was freezing – the water temps have just reached 50 f – so diving in was either out of the question or just plain masochistic. And to add insult to injury, we didn’t pack the frame for the canopy! But it was as outweighed by the scent of the water, the wind on my face, the waves hitting the shore and the fact that we had no cell service at the beach – it all added up to a peaceful, relaxing day – Bob even got all of the way to the top of one of the tall dunes without burning his feet off and I had the pleasure of watching him run down the dune all Bay-watchy. If you want to know, I only made it half way up the dune before my feet told me that it was time to head to some water before they burned to little stumps and my muscles were screaming at me that I am too out of shape!
At the end of the day I had to thank God for sunscreen and golf umbrellas, and the A/C that made life bearable on the way home with the outside temp at 100 degrees when we left.
One last thing – this photo is of Phragmites. It is an invasive grass, that along with zebra mussels and Asian carp, is threatening the ecology of our Great Lakes. The phragmites have almost completely choked out the native cat tails and other flora of the swamp and water areas.