Growing up in Minnesota, I was basically an amphibian. My grandma and grandpa live on a lake just 15 miles away from my hometown, so I was fortunate enough to get to spend endless summer days in and around water. For those of you who didn't grow up in Minne, it is probably hard to understand just how integrated lakes are into our lives. I grew up waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and just about anything other water activity imaginable. I took my first boat ride when I was 2 weeks old. It's simply a way of life for Minnesotans (just like simultaneously loving and hating the Vikings for constantly shattering our hearts).
Living in Colorado now, I see that people feel similarly to mountains as Minnesotans feel about lakes. I love the mountains, and have been doing my best to take advantage of the unbeatable hikes and ski slopes, but there is just something about being on water that will always make my heart beam.
So..... GETTING TO THE POINT. Jonas left for a field assignment in Saskatchewan yesterday, and I was FaceTimeing with him when he informed me that the province blows Minnesota out of the water when it comes to lake count. They have over 100,000 lakes. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. They literally ten upped us. I asked him what he thought I should write about next for Quarter-Life Living and he said "lake life!" so here we are.
Whether you live on a lake, river, ocean, or simply a puddle that formed from recent rainfall, here are some styles that vibe like a waterfront property, or simply commemorate a love for water.
(Now I'm missing Jonas AND Minne soooo hard right now).