Danecdotes: Enjoy the lakes area, if you can
It is officially summer in the lakes area.
The temperature is usually - sometimes unreasonably - high and every scene out of my window is that wonderful mix of blues and greens.
If you can handle a little added weekend traffic, it truly is a wonderful time of year to be in the area, especially if you can get out and enjoy the natural beauty this area provides, with its wooded trails and hundreds upon hundreds of lakes.
I, however, will not be enjoying the area too much this summer.
I have been a parent for nearly seven weeks now. I don't want it to sound like I am complaining about that, because it has honestly been great. Every cliche you and I have ever heard about becoming a parent - it is the greatest thing you'll ever do, it will make you complete, etc., etc. - is completely true.
Our little man is perfectly healthy, cute as a button and he sleeps far better than we were expecting. Getting him to smile is officially my new favorite hobby.
However, having a month-old baby really cuts into any free time that takes place outside of my yard. After coming home from work, I usually spend some time holding my son or hanging out with him as he does some kicking and noise-making on his play mat, then my wife and I eat dinner, I'll clean some of the baby bottles and we begin the process of getting him ready for bed. By that point, it is dark outside.
So far, most of our weekends have involved a friend or family member coming to see the little guy, which is great but isn't getting us out of the house.
That will change in the coming weeks, but not in a way that gets me near any lakes or woods.
I am approaching a five-weekend stretch where I have four weddings to attend. They should all be fun in their own way, and I'm looking forward to seeing some people I haven't seen in more than a year, but once this wedding season ends, so will the summer, and I probably won't go swimming or hiking one single time before September rolls around and I'm back to attending two or three sporting events a week for work.
I have lived in the area for more than four years now, and I still can't get over the fact that I live in a place that so many people want to visit on their vacations. Maybe next summer I'll get to enjoy the things the tourists do, but for now I'm sequestered to my home and my office.
Hopefully, it has occurred to you how naturally wonderful this area is, and you get the opportunity to take advantage of its wonder. If you, like me, are unable to do so, I hope your reasons are just as good as mine.