At the Lake

Five Forgotten Features of Living at the Lake


When you live at the lake, you get to enjoy the many benefits that come with it. Warm breezes, fresh air, and gently rolling waves are simply par for the course. With sunshine and fun times, it’s tough to find something to complain about.

Yet, there are certain aspects of life by the lake that are overshadowed by the more obvious and blatant ones. These features are some of the best parts of lake life, and it’s unfortunate they’re not often considered. They deserve a little attention occasionally, so I thought I’d shed some light on them. These are five of the forgotten aspects of life by the lake.

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1 – The Loony Bin

After a long day of playing and working in the hot sun, it’s nice to relax and unwind. One of the best ways to do this is by sitting around a roaring campfire. Fires are, after all, a well-known feature of lake life. Later however, as the fire dies down and you prepare to turn in for the evening, take a moment to listen. You might be lucky enough to notice a less obvious feature.Common Loon

You see, as everything else is preparing for sleep, the nightlife is just beginning to wake up. You’ll notice the stars twinkling into view, frogs chirping incessantly, and bats fluttering by overhead. Above it all, though, you’ll hear the wavering sound of loons calling to one another. If you’re extra quiet, you might hear a full song.

It’s hard to describe exactly what a loon call sounds like, but you certainly know it when you hear it. Once you have, it’s not something you easily forget. Loons have four different calls, and each one of them can send a shiver down your spine. There’s a certain element to their wails that make them both haunting and beautiful. It’s no surprise these calls are often used as relaxation and meditation sounds. They’re pretty magnificent.

2 – Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

Lake StormIf you’re spending time at the lake, you generally want clear skies and sunshine. When you’re living at the lake, however, you might want a change in pace sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, watching the sun sparkle on the water is great. Not to mention the incredible sunrises and sunsets you get to see practically every day. Every once in a while, though, it’s nice to see a storm.

Storms are fascinating as it is, but they’re even cooler when they happen at the lake. When you look out across the water and see storm clouds in the distance, you know you’re in for a good show. Many times, you can see the rain pouring down long before it gets to you. It’s a thrilling feeling to watch as the storm quickly moves across the water, knowing it’s only a matter of time before it arrives.

3 – Be Still My Heart

Still Lake

Waking up in the morning isn’t always easy, but being at the lake makes it a little less terrible. Early mornings are especially great because they’re quiet, peaceful, and irresistibly calm. If you look out at the water, you’ll notice there isn’t a single ripple because nothing is yet disturbing the still beauty of the lake. It’s a brilliant opportunity for reflection and thought.

It’s not often that one gets to enjoy a perfectly calm lake, but this is a forgotten feature that should certainly be cherished. Lakes often have a tendency to get choppy as the day goes on and the wind picks up. While the motion of the water is intoxicating, there’s something extra special about it when it’s completely still.

4 – Quiet Time

Those who live at the lake year-round are well aware of the peak times. As the days get longer and the sun begins to feel hotter, the presence of people increases. Weekends are filled with enough noise and boat traffic to make you long for a reprieve. Fortunately, as Monday and Tuesday roll around, you’ll get one.

A noisy lake is a wonderful sign of people enjoying life and having fun. That being said, a quiet lake is far better. Without all the distracting noise, you can hear the glorious sounds of nature. This is when you’ll notice the sing-song sound of loon calls, the splashing sounds of fish jumping, and wind rustling the leaves of trees. It’s these quiet moments that make you truly appreciate how grand it is to live at a lake.

5 – Lap it Up

LakeshoreAnother sound that gets lost in all the raucous noise of a busy lake is the continual sound of water lapping against the shore. You can hear it even when the lake is so still that it looks like glass. It’s a gloriously peaceful and calming sound that sadly goes unnoticed too often.

When you do notice this sound, however, you quickly realize how lovely it is. It will easily lull you into a gentle slumber, especially when you’re lying in a hammock and there’s a light breeze in the air. This is relaxation at its finest.

Lake Life is a Great Life

Being at the lake makes it hard to imagine ever being unhappy. There seems to be no end to the activities you can enjoy, but it’s so much more than that. Similar to many other situations, it’s the little things that make life at the lake enjoyable. Having the opportunity to sit back and take it all in is a true blessing.

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