Imagine the ocean without the salt. Without the jellyfish and threat of sharks. Without palm trees and sea shells. And without a tide.
You've imagined Lake Michigan. And I promise it's even more wonderful to experience than imagine.
I grew up playing on its shores and have explored a fair share of beaches, dune systems, piers, and towns. It never gets old and every year on a return trip home I hope for the chance to see it.
Lake Michigan really is all that.
But to be fair and honest, having spent the last 11 years in close proximity to the ocean, I prefer the ocean as a vacation destination. The warmth of the water, the sight of palm trees, and the the roll of the waves is relaxing in its own right.