Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday is BEACH DAY

This summer, I have every Friday off.  So I announced that
FRIDAYS ARE BEACH DAY!
Each Friday we're going to hit a beach - preferably within a one-hour radius of home.  Since Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes it shouldn't be hard.  Anyone want to join us?



Today I took cupcake and her friend to Lake Byllesby beach just west of Cannon Falls (pronounced BILLS-bee).  This was exactly the medicine I needed.  A bit of rain passed through so the beach was wonderfully empty.  The sun came out and we swam and relaxed for almost 3 hours.  I just calmly stood or water-buffaloed in the warm waves and enjoyed the sun glittering on the water's surface and the occasional Sunny or Crappie jumping.  I even got to finish one great book and start another.  
Anyone else use that verb?  Water Buffalo??

This hidden gem of a park is only about 20 minutes from home.  The beach is HUGE and the swimming area equally impressive.  There are walking, skiing, and sled dog trails too.  There was no fee to get in, so with our homemade snacks, iced tea and water bottles this was a practically free afternoon!  



Other beaches I want to hit include Lake Calhoun, Lake Minnetonka, and Cedar Lake beaches.  Also Shoreview and Bryant Lake.  All suggestions and advice are welcome.

Sadly I didn't get that mojito last night - no limes or soda!.  Think I could make a reasonable facsimile with 7up, lime juice, and rum?  I have the fresh mint and simple syrup!

10 comments:

Some Guy said...

Aren't northern lakes the best!? Friday beach day sounds like a fine idea. I may have to propose it here.

michaelg said...

That sounds wonderful. What precisely is water buffalo-ing?

Little Sister said...

South of I-94 on the St. Croix-St. Croix Beach...very nice. Lake Minnetonka-meh. Try White Bear Lake, too!

Mnmom said...

Water Buffalo-ing = sitting or laying in the extreme shallows of a lake or zero-depth entry pool

SkylersDad said...

That looks beautiful!

Shan said...

Friday beach day sounds fun! Although that is the beach where the dog who had been frolicking in dead-fish water body-slammed me and thus slimed me with dead-fish water. (I blogged about it.)

We went to the pool on Friday. The pool costs an arm and a leg, as you know, BUT on Friday a.m.'s before it opens to the public they let parents bring children under 6 for two hours when it's quiet and less crazy. I figure Julia's barely 6 and is the size of a 5 year old so we went. SO great to be there with only babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Cathy said...

Friday beach day is a brilliant idea! I love Byllesby! We ususally have a family picnic there in the fall. It is a hidden gem!

You could try Point Douglas Park. A nice beach on the St. Croix between Hastings and Prescott.

http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/parks_division/parks_and_trails/point_douglas_park/

Liberality said...

I grew up going to lake beaches during the summer. These are some of my fondest memories. Have fun during your Fridays off.

Churlita said...

What a great plan! iwent to the beach on Friday too, but can't make it a weekly thing. Stupid, dumb work...

joe said...

7up, lime juice, and rum sounds so good.