Life On The Beach: The Beauty of the Water

Remember what you love about Madison Lakes

Jul 27, 2011

Liz Wingate

I recently went to a meeting at The Edgewater on Lake Mendota. While I’ve been writing this blog for the past few weeks, working on the Lakes Events Calendar and lifeguarding, I have to admit, the lakes themselves have slipped my mind. It wasn’t until I entered the conference room at 8:00 a.m. on that Wednesday morning that I was reminded of the simple beauty the calm waters provide.

Two of us were a bit early so we went to really take in the view before settling into our chairs and taking out our pens. Pamela pointed out the Pier (a summer food, drink and live music venue) and we chuckled as crew teams rowed by, thankful it wasn’t us. After the previous night’s storms and the lingering overcast, the usually bright sky was muted perfectly, allowing us to see the opposite bay and the proud houses standing along the banks.

As the meeting started, I struggled to keep my focus while I watched enviously as windsurfers glided by and a dog jumped off a boat. It wasn’t even 8:30 a.m. on a relatively gloomy day and people were already out enjoying Madison’s great lakes!

The morning served as a simple reminder that people really do value our surrounding waters. While I’ve been harping on the fact that we need to clean them up (and we do!!), I forgot to point out the little things that will be missed. Big picture, Madison’s economy, tourism and housing value will decrease if we stand idly by. Little picture, no one can go enjoy their morning coffee on a dock and take in the beauty and culture the lakes provide.

One of our city mottos is “Lake. City. Lake.” We all need to remember what we love about them and get out and get active. Share your story with us in our end of summer contest. Enjoy the waters, beaches, and views before the slogan turns into “Gross. City. Gross.”


 See more Life On The Beach posts here, and read more about Madison's lakes on our Crazy4Lakes page.

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