So this honestly was not on our Summer Bucket List and I'm not sure how it got missed, but I am adding it now because of course, it was a lot of fun! There are a few lakes around our city, but we always go to the same location, the valley to the east! There's beautiful scenery, a little bit quieter than the ones closer to the city and of course, it's closer to "home" so we can spend time with family and friends if they aren't working. The kids absolutely LOVED the water. They built sand castles and a "lake" with daddy. The went out really deep and "made" mommy join them (I don't do cold water, but I did for them). We had a picnic snack and enjoyed some special family time. Once finished at the beach, we headed to a small town close by and got some ice cream! It was a perfect day!