Having grown up in Michigan our entire lives, my wife and I are no strangers to the water wonderland that surrounds us. We’ve lived on 2 lakes and spent our summers all around northern Michigan. The phrase “going up north” is synonymous with summer vacations, cabins, cottages, beaches, motels, swimming, fishing, boating, gosh, I do not even know where to end this one! But the closeness to such an abundance of fresh water is taken for granted daily.
It wasn’t until we moved into our house in Oakland County, Michigan in the summer of 2004 that this water wonderland surprised us. In that first year, we began to notice some unusual lifestyle changes that land lubbers would not. Constant sand clean up at the doorways. A lackadaisical approach to wardrobe where t-shirts and flip-flops became the norm, even for going to friends’ houses! Opening a cocktail at 11 a.m. because friends are “on their way over.” Wet towels that seem to multiply in places that they shouldn’t – like the couch, bathroom floor and carpeting. A gluttony of water toys that you do not know where to store in winter. And a boat that always seems larger parked in the driveway than the dock, to name a few.
We began writting this stuff off as “Whatever” or “Imagine that” but the term that grew with us was “Lake Livin’.” Because that is the only logical explanation for it. No sub-division bound person will have the knowledge of what it takes to handle life on the lake and understand the chaos that is life on the water. Lake neighbors would rather spend 30 minutes refueling, cleaning and uncovering the pontoon boat to drive over 5 houses, or docks, to have a conversation instead of walking. Hmmm, Lake Livin.’ You have to throw caution to the wind 70 percent of the time and just wing it, because it’s Lake Livin’. The front of your house is now the back of the house and vise versa. Lake Livin’. You have to be prepared to cancel all your plans at moments notice because the sun hasn’t been out in a week and you’ve been itchin’ for a cruise on the boat. Lake Livin’!
This is an attitude. This is a way of life. This is Lake Livin’