As spring is beginning to unfold in front of our eyes, I can’t help thinking of swimming. Swimming is truly one of my favourite past times. I realize I wrote about this topic last year, but I want to remind you all of the Ladies of The Lake. They are an inspiring group of women who use beautiful nude photos to bring awareness to the issues facing Lake Simcoe.
Lake Simcoe holds a special place in my heart. From the time I was just 4 years old, I lived by the lake, swimming until I was shivering and turning blue most summer days. The first home I owned was a mere 50′ from the high water mark of Lake Simcoe. We built a 100′ long dock over the lake…It was so beautiful. I used to sit quietly contemplating life while sipping my coffee on the dock.
In the winter time, the ice huts would pop up like a little village. Our friends would race their snowmobiles cross the lake in front of our home, driving on and off the lake onto our property as though it was the most natural thing in the world. I love fishing, but ice fishing is such an unique experience. Once, while riding on the back of my friend’s snowmobile, we got caught on a pressure crack as it opened…
I was on the back of the snowmobile, which was tipping into the ice. It was terrifying, yet exhilerating. We made it out okay, but I have never forgotten the true power nature has over us. Lake Simcoe always brought me such intense joy and happiness. If you have a moment, take the time to check out the Ladies of the Lake project. I am deeply inspired by the brave actions they have taken to ensure the health and wellness of our lake.