We took a boat trip on Friday afternoon, en route to dinner at a colleague’s house. Even though he and his family live on the main land, as a commuter, he could choose to follow a watery path. The 1.5-hour boat trip would make for pleasant work time, depending on the weather.
The air here lacks marine aerosols, the tiny particles kicked up by waves and wind on normal seawater coastlines, so there’s no nucleation points to create fog or even smog to disturb the clarity of the view. It’s like being on a freshwater lake in the middle of the continent!
For all you SWANKs reading this (and you know who you are), the landscape here looks a lot like Algonquin National Park in Canada, or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the US. The rolling skyline of evergreens, topped by big blue skies and puffy clouds, remind me of paddling around on those lakes. With the exception of the gorgeous dockside houses — whether vacation homes or year-round, the houses here are big and beautiful.