Beach: noun; “a pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the ocean between high- and low-water marks”

Yes, I live in the midwest. Yes, I have a sailboat. Oh, where do I sail that boat, you ask? The beach, of course (where else?!). Yes, again, I live nowhere near the ocean, and yes, still, I go to the beach (where I spend my days sailing).

Some say that my beach is not a beach; how can you live by the beach if it’s a lake? Isn’t it weird that the water doesn’t taste salty? What do you mean you can’t see the other side, aren’t lakes small and full of algae? Are you sure you can sail on it? Oh, there’s sand…?

*key words found in definition: “especially”… Lake Michigan is still a shore, some parts pebbly, others sandy, and there are definitely water marks.

Anyone else want to debate whether or not I live near the beach? Lake Michigan is a lake, but the freshwater waves are (just about) as powerful and beautiful as any ocean I’ve ever visited. And, we don’t have to worry about sharks or jellyfish! You can even surf Lake Michigan, although you have to be within a designated surf area. Lake Michigan has fondly been dubbed the “Third Coast”, because that’s what it is, the in-between of the East and the West coasts, a third opportunity for water related thrill, a welcoming invitation for water fanatics to come and play in its luxuriously fresh waters. Welcome to my beach!

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