Around 23 years ago my church youth group visited Burger’s Lake, and despite never going back, I fell in love with the place. It’s a beautiful slice of summer Americana which takes you back and time and reminds you of all those goofy camp movies. The place is unique in that it’s filled with natural spring water that’s been chlorinated. Along with sandy beaches, there’s a trapeze, small and gigantic slides, and diving boards that range from ordinary to twenty feet in the air. I always told myself that if I were ever blessed with a family of my own, I’d return. That happened yesterday, and it was the best day of summer by far. I felt like I was on a real vacation, and at one moment, I just had this sense of feeling refreshed.
I was also impressed with the lifeguards, all of which seemed really on top of their game, extremely watchful and professional. They don’t put up with much either, but at the same time, were extremely friendly.
As a teen, I had a lot of confidence running off a diving board, even bouncing at the end several times to jump skyward. Now that I’m older, I take smaller steps and just bounce once because I fear I’m going to slip and fall off looking quite the fool.
The trapeze that swings over the water is the most popular thing, but sometimes it’s hard to grab the bar as it swings back. There’s a hook to help snatch it, and right as I was about to use it, a six-foot-six-inch high school kid grabbed it for me and said, “Don’t worry sir, I’ll help you.” That was one nice and respectful young man, but at the same time, man, did I feel small and weak.
Speak of the teens, a lot of them had their GoPros.
One last Burger’s Lake mention, here’s an article that talks about the history of the place. It would be a hoot to be there when they drain the lake and to see everything visitors have lost over the summer. You don’t really understand how cold 69 degree spring water is until you actually feel it entering the lake.
It’s kinda hard to figure out which blonde woman our country is in love with the most this summer – Ronda Rousey, Amy Schumer, or Taylor Swift.