I don’t know about the rest of you, but whenever I am traveling to Lake Michigan, my anticipation continually grows until I get my first chance to glimpse those lovely blue waters. Through cities, towns, farmland, and wooded forests we may travel, but eventually, we will pass over a glacial rise in elevation and there in the distance are those calming and restorative blue waters of Lake Michigan. Instantly I am at peace again and can simply say is “ahhhh…we have arrived.”
There are certainly other places in the world that have a similar effect on the human spirit, but for those of us fortunate enough to live in the Great Lake Region, these five bodies of water have a profoundly soothing and hypnotic effect. Combine that with the strikingly beautiful contrasts between water, sandy beach, shoreline, forest, and sky, and one is simply mesmerized.
What more can one say other than the Great Lakes MUST BE protected and nurtured for future generations to be enthused, enthralled, and enchanted by their spellbinding effect. To risk harming or losing such a global treasure, whether by error, misdeed, greed, or neglect would be tantamount to lopping off the top of the Rocky Mountains and using them to fill in the Grand Canyon – it would be simply unacceptable under any and all circumstances.
If you have never seen the Great Lakes, please consider a visit. Come see what those of us who live, work, and play around them already understand. They truly are magical and their restorative blue waters will indeed smile at you. Peace!