There's a bit of a lake theme in my life. Lake Tahoe, Lake Tana and Lake Superior.


Years ago, I wouldn't have considered myself to be a lake person. Being from California I always associated bodies of water with the Pacific Ocean. However, Lake Tahoe has always been a part of my family's R&R. Specifically, the North Shore. Learning to ski. Mountain biking. Family vacations with my parents and sisters and now my husband and children. Getting married at Squaw Valley. My children learning to ski at Northstar.  Tahoe holds a very special place in my heart. 



Then there's Tana. In 2006 I made my first trip to Ethiopia. I volunteered as a teacher in a small city called Bahir Dar, which is located on the shores of Lake Tana in northwestern Ethiopia. I fell in love—with Tana and with Ethiopia. Ethiopia is still very much a part of my life. My job continues to take me to Bahir Dar every year or so and I have watched as things grow and develop around the shores of Lake Tana. One day it will be a tourist destination. Until then I am savoring the beauty and the quiet.



And finally, Superior. Minnesotans are lake people. In the summer, the cities empty out and people disperse with family and friends to lakes with cabins, bonfires, and boats. My family is partial to Lake Superior. The quiet serenity of the North Shore, the gorgeous drive north on highway 61, the colors of the shoreline. It's one of the Midwest's best kept secrets.