Leelanau Guilt Trip

Fresh water surrounds and permeates Leelanau County.  It is everywhere.  With hundreds of miles of shoreline and a myriad of inland lakes and rivers, this is truly a water wonderland.

And I feel guilty about it.

My cousin recently shared a photo of he and his wife standing amidst the smoldering rubble of their home in Ventura, California.  A lifetime of family possessions fueled the flames.  All that remains are the charred stone porch pillars and brick fireplace.  

The look of utter devastation in their eyes is heartbreaking.

California is bone dry and just a spark away from being wholly consumed by wildfires.  Michigan, already flush with water, had torrential rains and flash floods this year.

The reasons for this disparity are many and complex:  Natural cycle?  Global warming?  Water mismanagement?  Lay of the land?

Who knows.

What I do know is that Leelanau has water in abundance, while Ventura has but a trickle.

And I feel guilty about it.

See You Up North,


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