Finally, the end of May and it is just warm enough for me to leave the woods and walk along the shore of Lake Superior again. For Jack the sand and waves were a novelty and the drift wood was too large for his usual grab-and-run-with-the-stick game, but the sniffing was glorious. He barely got his nose up off the sand.
For this walk we went by car along 5-Mile-Point Road to the beach at Eagle River. Jack and I walked this beach back in January when there was so much snow and ice you couldn't see where the road ended, the beach began and the lake met the beach (see the bottom photo taken in January of the same beach). Unnerving if you don't want to find yourself on ice that might give way under foot (at this point any long-time residents of the Keweenaw feel free to laugh at my timidity, but really, frozen waves are a daunting sight!).
I don't know if it was the temperature of the water or the movement of the waves, but there was no swimming for Jack today. As things warm up maybe he will take to chasing the waves and swimming in the big lake instead of scaring the turtles in our little pond near home.