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Where the Wind Takes Him

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It was rather windy on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan, on the day of my visit. That made for good conditions for parakiting.

I watched this guy with his kite as it took him to and fro, back and forth, all over the water not far from the beach. In time he was joined by another skier. Or are they called kiters?

Wade in the Water

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In theory, the public is not supposed to be out on the concrete pier that leads to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven.

But there is no gate or fence to stop them so hordes of people walk out on the pier, particularly during the summer.

You do so at your own risk. There are no fences, no guardrails and no lifeguards. Swimming and diving is discouraged, but it happens anyway.

This view of a man wading in the water flooding the end of the pier from waves crashing over it shows why visitors must be vigilant.

It feels good to be ankle deep in water, but one slip could lead to a perilous situation.

Crash

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Waves are relentless. That might be how rocks or concrete walls on the edge of a lake might describe them.

They come at you continually, wearing you away over time. Somewhere in there is a life lesson about the need to persevere.

This wave is crashing against the end of a concrete pier leading to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan.

They Jumped Anyway

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There are a number of signs on this pier in Grand Haven, Michigan, warning the public not to swim or jump into the water.

This include an exhibit telling the stories of people who have drowned here because of the swift currents.

In fact, the signs suggest that people not walk out on the pier at all. But short of putting up a high fence, trying to keep people away is a losing cause. Many, including myself, want to walk out to the lighthouse and see the lake and the Lake Michigan shore line.

I was not surprised that these three young boys decided to make the pier into a diving board. Those who entered the water here and did not live to tell about it had also been young males.

They don’t think anything bad is going to happen to them. And most of the time it doesn’t.

The romp in the water that these boys had did not end in tragedy. Most of those who swim here come out of the water alive.

You can only warn people so many times about the dangers that may not be apparent. But as the exhibit at the entrance to pier warns, not everyone has made it back.