Photo by OHventures
Portage Lakes State Park
5031 Manchester Road
Akron, Ohio 44319
Traditions are part of what make life so meaningful. Traditions give us both something to look back on and something to look forward to at the same time. They link us spiritually and physically together with people in our lives who are most important to us. No matter if traditions are daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, they remain strong in our hearts and minds and, if taken seriously, are not optional, but rather necessary!
One of my favorite yearly traditions was started 3 years ago with some great friends of mine that live on Portage Lakes in Summit County. Every July, we find a weekend in which we all get together and go boating. We have a hearty breakfast, slather on sunscreen, pack the boat full of awesome summer foods like fruit salad and pasta salad, and head out onto the beautiful Portage Lakes. This includes 8 lakes that encompass over 2,000 acres!
We stop the boat in swim zones to hop out and cool down; we clench ourselves onto an innertube and go tubing in designated speed zones, watch the boat parade, gaze at the fireworks, and gawk at the majestic houses that line the lake. But most importantly, and most fun of all, we lay back and soak up each other's company; we soak up the sun, and we soak up the tradition.