As I build my life here, I notice more and more how Lake Michigan casts a certain spell on West Siders. They seem to have a real relationship with the lake as if it were a long time friend. Again, Detroit has its own Great Lakes and rivers, but the pull and fascination of the water doesn't weave itself through every day life in the same way.
Thinking upon how I deal with stress during the holiday season (as is this week's giveaway question), my answer must be that of a true West Michigan resident: I make a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan. This weekend, I went to Grand Haven's City Beach for a chilly romp with Rufus (the world's most adorable beagle). As he ran laps on the dog beach, jumping into the waves after a stick and frolicking about in his puppy way, I enjoyed the waves crashing, the sun setting, and little pools forming where the recent winds pushed and pulled the sand into dips and ripples.
I can think of nothing more relaxing than that.