Thirty two years of great memories- that's what I am taking from Lake Bluff when I leave tomorrow. I have been counting down the days- just wishing that I was already in North Carolina. But now as the day is near, tears start to flow a bit. Raising four children in such an idyllic setting is a rare gift in life. When we moved here in 1984, Lake Bluff was a sleepy little village, not nearly as cool as it's big next door neighbor, Lake Forest. But boy- have things changed. Ranked one of the best places to live in Chicago, Lake Bluff is the coolest little town by the lake. Lake Bluff helped raise my four children My children lived and played in a safe place and their caring teachers prepared them for great accomplishments in their own lives.
My favorite things about Lake Bluff-
the wonderful down to earth people
- the beautiful change of seasons,
the farmer's market,
Twigs ( oh how I will miss them)
being able to walk up to town and have lunch
(I will miss Bluffington's Tuna Salad sandwich)
and the diversity of the architecture of the homes.
A few of my favorite pictures of Lake Bluff during the past years-
Early morning walk by the beach
Early morning by the beach
Spring view over Lake Bluff Beach
Summer over the lake
A hot July Day
No wonder Lake Bluff was named a great place to live by Coastal Living!
Fall arrives at the beach- I love the contrast of colors
Living so close to Lake Michigan, fog would roll over the area in a second when the wind changed
direction and the temperature was just right-
Fog off the lake in the spring lilacs
And the Lake Bluff skies were stunning-
But the heavy snows-
And those large sloppy wet snow falls just coating everything- like icing on a cake- gorgeous.
And then there is fall- the trees down Center Avenue
Fall flowers from the Lake Bluff Farmer's market-
Known for it's Fourth of July parade, visitors come from surrounding towns to watch.
The Fourth of July Parade
And one of my favorite memories- that turkey that took up residence at
the corner of Rockland and Greenbay for several months. I was so sad when he left town.
Sunset through the clouds and trees in Lake Bluff.
It seems like yesterday that we moved here from California, but it was 32 years ago!
Today, a new adventure begins.
Today is the final day of work for my husband.
Tomorrow the moving truck comes and we pack for our final move to North Carolina.
I am looking forward to this next experience in my life. But leaving Lake Bluff is sad. It has given me so many great memories- a wonderful home, wonderful friends and a wonderful environment to raise my family. Yes Lake Bluff- It is a Wonderful Life!
It is a good thing that memories pack so well!!!