Sometimes, I forget how close we are to Lake Michigan. From my house--and from my work--it's about a ten minute walk to get to the shores of this great lake. It's such a grand water mass that it doesn't quite equate that we don't do more in conjunction with the lake. I love to swim in Lake Michigan, but that can only happen two or three months out of the year. I've often jumped into the lake on New Years Day, but I haven't done that in several years. Maybe it's enough to simply walk my dog down to the lake upon occasion and take in its grand expanse.