Happy Labor Day everyone! I will be enjoying the day off by heading to the California beach shortly, however I’m also thinking of Minnesota lakes today and one in particular – Minnetonka Lake.
Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes meant there was always a body of water to play in nearby – in the summer at least. (In the winter we had large expanses of ice to ice-skate on.) Summer in Minnesota is truly magical. Every weekend, practically the whole state heads up north to lake cabins or jumps on a boat at their nearest neighborhood lake. For my family growing up, that was Lake Minnetonka.
Lake Minnetonka is located 20 miles west of Minneapolis and is a playhouse in the summer months. Meaning “big waters” in the native Dakota language, Lake Minnetonka is one of the largest lakes in Minnesota (covering nearly 15,000 acres) and offers a multitude of bays to waterski in, islands to anchor at, restaurants to dock at, multi-million dollar lake-front homes to gawk at, and open water to cruise in; creating a perfect setting for a day out on the lake. Though holidays such as today result in nearly a traffic jam of boats on part of the lake, people know to expect that, and the underlying current of community that permeates Minnesota results in the lake becoming a big social center.
So, though I am thrilled and lucky to be going to lay beside the ocean on this gorgeous SoCal day, a part of me is a bit envious of all my Minnesota friends spending the day by lakes where the water is warm and they spend the day on boats from which they can go tubing, water-skiing, and swimming – and without having to worry about jellyfish, stingray, or (cue Jaws music) sharks.
That’s exciting! Hope you had fun!
We are about to head out there today for the first time with our own boat. I’m sure it’s going to be busy!
Lake weekends are definitely a blissful time. That’s fun they’re popular in Maine, too! 🙂
Thanks Leslie! Hope you did, too. 🙂 And if you’re ever in Minneapolis, definitely check out Lake Minnetonka!
Leslie (Downtown Traveler) says
Lake Minnetonka looks like a fun getaway! Hope you enjoyed the holiday 🙂
Emily McGee says
Aww, what a good memory. I love summer weekends spent on a lake! (We did a lot of that in Maine, too.)
Aw, jealous! Glad to hear you had fun! 🙂
Missed you today! We just got back from a little skiing and fun in the sun – on Lake Minnetonka!!