Friday, July 23, 2010

Presque Isle


We just spent two days sitting on the beach at Presque Isle in Erie PA. When I mentioned our little getaway to some people I discovered that many had not heard of this place. It's only two hours from Cleveland and it is 8 miles of beautiful beaches. I spent many days there in my childhood and remember leaving at sunset with my skin on fire, tired, and sandy, but happy. I had not been there for many years and found that they had built huge barriers out in the water along the beaches to prevent erosion. The beaches are now in a sort of scalloped shape, moving inland where there are no barriers so it must work, but I wonder how odd the beachfront will one day be. Presque Isle is part of the State Park system. It is clean and each beach is organized with bathhouses and bathrooms and concessions stands - yet it still seems primitive and wild. The greenery is lush and the parkways well taken care of. And it's Lake Erie! One of the days we were there was so windy that the waves were 4-5 feet high. We played in them like children - who could resist? There is something very fun about jumping over waves and having water push you around and surprise you. I could just feel my dad lifting me over the waves while he got them smack in the face. Sometimes we don't take advantage of the truly free gifts in life - a massive lake on a summer day is one of them.

5 comments:

Rob-bear said...

What a delightful time.

There is also a Presqu'ile peninsula on the north shore of Lake Ontario, where I spent a number of summers with my parents. Wonderful memories, similar to yours.

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Jesus Crisis said...

I've only been to Presque Isle once - last fall - and I love it, despite the fact that I miscalculated and we nearly ran out of gas before we got back to the mainland.

Nancy Agneberg said...

When I think about places I miss in the Cleveland area, Presque Isle comes immediately to mind. For years I passed the exit to Presque Isle as I drove to Chautauqua (another of my very favorite places) and back and finally curiosity overwhelmed me and I made the detour. No one in my Cleveland life ever mentioned this glorious place to me! I have such good memories now of lazy days wandering the beach and being hypnotized by the waves. Thanks for the memories.