Hit the Beach! As Summer Heats Up, Litchfield County Has a Love Affair with Water


It’s summertime and very simply put the living is easy. A gentle breeze blows through the trees ever so gently, that you just can’t feel it no matter how hard you try to because of this wonderful little thing called humidity that gets us all fired up, and when we’ve had enough of being fired up, we make a splash into any one of Litchfield County’s water sources. The lakes of Litchfield County are no doubt a hit with locals and tourists alike as they are largely used for recreational use such as kayaking, water skiing, and fishing.

This fourth of July weekend, as the temperatures began to soar into the mid 80’s, many people flocked to the sandy shores of the lakes as they cooled off by taking a chilling plunge in the water followed by an afternoon of absorbing the sun on the beach, and no where else does this all hold true than at Torrington’s own Burr Pond State Park. Burr Pond, a place that is known to be filled with activity on the weekends from vacationing New Yorker’s who reside at nearby Lakeridge, is without a doubt a very busy place, if you’re comparing it with Litchfield County standards of course. I spend a great deal of time there, and this afternoon was no different as I took the hike from the shores of Lakeridge with my camping chair through the trail in the woods that cuts over to the beach at the state park. When I arrived, I was in great company as the park was bustling with kids who were enjoying summer vacation.

The day was kind of a mixed bag of treats from the weather gods. While I was hoping to catch a tan, they seemed to not want to let that happen for me as dark clouds began to fill in the moment I sat down. Isn’t that the way it always works? You find a nice spot to sit in that’s right in the sun and as soon as you sit down for your power nap, the sun runs away. I seem to have the same problem with females, so maybe the sun is a woman.

As the afternoon progressed, the sun, ever so slowly, began to make a come back, and when it did it was time for me to make a splash as I ran down right into the water going instantly under and then coming right back up. Ah, the joys of summer! A brisk, refreshing dip in the water and suddenly everything just seems alright. Swimming in a lake is a far different experience than swimming in a pool. It just brings out the kid in you as you’re quickly reminded of those long, lazy summer days of your youth.

Yes, it’s summer, and the living is easy, and I refuse to complain about the weather because after the winter we had this past year, I’ll take what we can get, as long as it’s not snow!



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